All that the neoliberals will accomplish is to reveal their own fascism and democratic illegitimacy. These are acts of desperation and fear, they are indications that the neoliberals know the end of their era is rapidly approaching.
In case you doubted the
inevitable rise of nationalism, the fact that the EU states are resorting
to legal charades and Soviet-style
show trials to keep the nationalist opposition out of electoral
office should suffice to prove otherwise.
Multiple European Union
states are breaking with post-war liberal conventions and openly imprisoning
prominent political opponents and intellectuals for ideological crimes.
The tactic being used by these governments is “rule through
law,” as opposed to rule of law. The strategy is commonly deployed in nations
like Saudi Arabia against journalists, intellectuals and opposition figures who
are targeted for repression first, then selectively prosecuted using often
vaguely defined existing laws after.
Earlier today a judge in Athens condemned almost all of Golden
Dawn’s elected officials, including sitting European parliament member Ioannis
Lagos, to years in prison. Nikos Michaloliakos, Golden Dawn’s General
Secretary, was given 13 years for a RICO-style charge that alleged his
patriotic Greek party, which until recently was the third most popular in the
country, is a criminal organization.
Michaloliakos was not tied to any specific crime, but
prosecutors used editions of his group’s magazine featuring articles about
Germany during World War II from the 1980s and 90s to argue that their
political ideas were a form of violence in and of themselves.
In a public statement published to the Golden Dawn website
Michaloliakos blamed the court’s ruling on Golden Dawn’s sudden electoral rise
in 2013, stating “They say we are a criminal Nazi organization. [If that’s
true] why did they wait 30 years to charge us?”
He accurately pointed out that Golden Dawn was never accused of
being a criminal organization since its founding in the 1980s. It was only
after May 2012, when the party achieved 7% of the vote, that the Greek state
decided it was time to arrest them in 2013.
All that the neoliberals will accomplish is to reveal
their own fascism and democratic illegitimacy. These are acts of desperation
and fear, they are indications that the neoliberals know the end of their era
is rapidly approaching.