December 01, 2003


Mark Strauss on anti-Semitism and the howling anti-globos:

In their war against globalisation, the far Right has also found common cause with the new Left. Matt Hale, the leader of the US white supremacist World Church of the Creator, praised the 1999 anti-globalisation protesters in Seattle for shutting down ‘talks of the Jew World Order’. A bizarre ideological turf war has broken out, as anti-globalisation activists find themselves fighting a two-front battle, simultaneously protesting against the WTO, IMF and World Bank, while organising impromptu counter-protests against far-Right extremists who gatecrash their rallies.

Although the anti-globalisation movement isn’t inherently anti-Semitic, it shouldn’t be surprised that it attracts the likes of Matt Hale. The movement enables anti-Semitism by peddling conspiracy theories. In its eyes, globalisation is less a process than a plot hatched behind closed doors by a handful of unaccountable bureaucrats and corporations. Underlying the movement’s humanistic goals of universal social justice is a current of fear-mongering — the IMF, the WTO, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment are portrayed not just as exploiters of the developing world, but as supranational instruments to undermine our sovereignty.

Strauss also has this intriguing information:

The British Fascist party includes among its list of recommended readings the works of left-wing anti-globalists George Monbiot and Noam Chomsky.

It’s Blair’s Law, my friends. And from the same edition of The Spectator in which Strauss appears: Are you truly anti-American? Take Matthew d’Ancona’s test and find out.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 1, 2003 02:47 PM

Mark Steyn wrote a good (unsurprisingly) column recently about how America has basically turned into the worlds all purpose villain, bringing together various morons and psychopaths who otherwise would have had nothing in common with each another.

So I guess them pesky Jews are also in that select group. Ignorance, bigotry and complete moral blankness make strange bedfellows indeed.

Posted by: gaz at December 1, 2003 at 04:36 PM


Sounds like these folks may need to open a branch office in Australia.

Posted by: Ken Summers at December 1, 2003 at 11:51 PM

70-100 points: you are rampant simian consumer of fromage. You go on marches as often as your freelance sculpture practice permits. Donald Rumsfeld knows where you live.

Pure genius.

Posted by: madne0 at December 2, 2003 at 02:31 AM

Sorry to rain on you parade of misinformation Tim but the British Fascist Party SIMPLY DOESN'T EXIST.

Strauss just made it up.

Why not check the register of political parties and see for yourself? If it ain't on the register, it ain't a party.

There ARE fascist parties in the UK, but the one Strauss refers to is just a figment of his imagination. There are fascist parties in Italy too - yer genuine article - and they are the ones that just took tea with Ariel Sharon, but that's another story.

Posted by: True Brit at December 2, 2003 at 07:49 AM

It's not surprising Strauss might get that wrong. He also believes the anti-globalization movement has "humanistic goals of universal social justice," which is risible. If he can believe such a thing about that bunch of nihilistic, totalitarian thugs, believing in nonexistent political parties is a pretty minor matter.

Posted by: Michael Lonie at December 2, 2003 at 09:44 AM

I think Strauss was also wrong when he described David Icke as an anti-semite. Icke's critics claim that when he says the planet is run by a cabal of reptillian aliens he is using it as a code word for 'jews'. However people who have spent time with him, such as journalist Jon Ronson, realise that when he refers to 12ft reptillian aliens he genuinely means 12ft reptillian aliens.,6761,457988,00.html

Check out that link for more on David 'son of God' Icke.

Posted by: Ross at December 2, 2003 at 12:18 PM