Narjis Khan’s latest musings on the failure to eradicate fascism and its current incarnations.
Fascism is alive and it has many supporters
Celebrating Trumped up executive orders
The Supreme Court is neither check nor balance
Letting white supremacy triumph, but as it happens
This isn’t surprising, not a shock to the system
If you understand the cause you’ll see this is just a symptom
Of societies that always had an identity crisis
That claimed to love freedom and all things righteous
But simultaneously they murdered, they invaded, and colonised
Trafficked, enslaved and fought to monopolise
So I’m not surprised when the ‘land of the free’
Denies basic rights, liberty and equality
Claiming it’s about that national security
Those magic words that give complete impunity.
On this side of the pond we pretend we’re so much better
When in actual fact we were the trend-setter
A whole referendum based on lies and deceit
Blaming immigrants for Britain’s inability to compete
In a new world, where we feel we’re losing our power
So we try to turn back the clock, go back to that ‘golden’ hour
‘Make america great again’ or pre-EU Britain
All of these campaigns seem to be driven
By a desire to return to a time and place
Where the world was openly governed by one race
And though that supremacy still runs deep
Capitalism’s cycles mean some must win and some must weep
Some have to lose so others can gain
And when they lose it’s always easier to blame
The ‘other’, the different, the easiest target in sight
With a narrative perpetuated by the far-right.
We’ve been here before, this demonisation
The ostracising, alienating, this vilification
These are dangerous times when any outcome can be rationalised
When banning people for their religion is accepted and actualised.
When the cries of children evoke neither sympathy nor pain
When the policy is to dehumanise – separate them and detain.
As Michael Rosen said ‘Fascism arrives as your friend.’
But what it actually signifies is the start of the end.