I think white supremacists lean really hard on the framing that they’re not destroying peaceful integrated multicultural societies, they’re just noticing that those never existed anyway or are about to collapse anyway.
And of course it’s a transparent lie. There are lots and lots of societies that have had successful peaceful integration. Racists and xenophobes are the force making integration difficult and dangerous and fragile; there’s not some other force that they are just innocently noticing. (Bad economic conditions and weak governments and violence all contribute to making racist and xenophobic movements more appealing. But it’s important to observe that the ‘failure of multiculturalism’ is still caused by the racists and xenophobes acting, it’s not something that happens separately from them.)
I was reminded of this post again last night, watching one interesting documentary I ran across.
An unfortunately good summary starting at around 45:25, from someone who was apparently pretty high up in the UK’s National Front during their big ‘70s surge:
We were trying to bring about race warfare, so our job was to basically disrupt the multicultural society, the multiracial society, and make it unworkable and make the various different groups hate each other to such a degree they couldn’t live together. And when they couldn’t live together, you end up with that ghettoized, radicalized society from which we hoped to rise, like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes.
A transparent lie in some other respects, yeah. (Not the first time I had encountered that idea, but he put it very succinctly.) A number of groups may have adjusted their specific tactics in the meantime, but the goals haven’t really changed.
They don’t have much plausible deniability there, no matter how much they try to dissemble and convince the general public that the main problem does not lie in their very deliberate shit-stirring.
It is of course worrying how many of the general public would just as soon go along with that, though. Some too-successful manipulation.
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