A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
Branding the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement in the UK ‘extremist’.
Today, 11/01/2020, XR was declared, by the security forces in the UK, to be an ‘extremist’ organisation.
As Richard Smith posted on his blog here commenting on the criminalisation of XR:
“Seeking ‘system change’ is the crime … it is the defenders of the status quo who should, in many cases, be defined the extremists: it is their behaviour that is usually anti-social … The police say that XR might mislead vulnerable people. I suggest it is the police who are deliberately seeking to mislead.”
This extremist label sustains a situation that is signified as ‘normal’ by an elite who have vested interests in corporate control over innovative technologies and in the power of the nation-state.
This is the image produced by the state:
This criminalisation of non-violent civil disobedience is close in kind to the way Nazi Germany’s so called National Socialism under Hitler in the 1930s violently crushed political opposition.
To criminalise non-violent civil disobedience is to remove one of the final ways a society may resist the oppression of excessive nation-state power. And such excessive power here has fascist characteristics: the subjugation of the masses by a strong authoritatian state that uses propaganda to demand the criminalisation and sacrifice of protesters for the sake of the totalitarian and anti-democratic nation-state.
The Home Secretary Priti Patel defended the inclusion of XR in the report on extremist groups in the grounds of risks to public security. See Here
In the UK in 2020, After Johnson’s election, and his nationalist and elitist cabinet, we have a shift to the right and a shift towards increasingly dictatorial power that feels free to ignore and subvert so-called democratic norms.