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Eco-Fascism raises its spectre at the Christchurch Massacre

March 17, 2019

Eco-Fascism raises its spectre at the Christchurch Massacre

It is still early days after the horrific terrorist attack of mosque in Christchurch. There has been little time to reflect on the consequences and the actual causes that allowed such a terrible event to take place. It is becoming likely that New Zealand may introduce similar gun restriction laws that Australia did after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. Their may also need to be increased security for all the mosques in New Zealand and more vigilance over extremists posting online.

Currently the post-mortem machine of mainstream media is working overtime to see where they can allocate collective guilt. Some like US politician Blumenthal want to blame Donald Trump. Others, want to blame online YouTube start PewDiePie because his name happened to mentioned by the killer. None of this blame shifting is helpful and could prevent this matter being resolved. Finding a range of ideological straw men to tear to pieces may be emotionally satisfying but it can never stop the next attack because you are looking in the wrong direction.

What is clear from this attack where 39 innocent moslems have been killed is that the attacker/s were people of enormous hate and zero empathy. The main killer was warped individual who produced his own manifesto and described himself as a Eco-fascist. Whatever that means this week.

He does go into Q & A style of writing when he explains what motivates him and there are some startling revelations:

He calls himself an eco-fascist by nature.

An ordinary White man, 28 years old. Born in Australia to a working class, low income family.

British fascist Oswald Mosley is the person from history that he says he would most associate himself with.

He begun planning an attack roughly two years in advance and an attack at the location in Christchurch three months in advance.

With regards to whether he supported Donald Trump he says this : “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”

Eco-fascist logo on his battle gear.

The nation with the closest political and social values to his own is the People’s Republic of China.

I could go on but you get the picture. This is not some person who is taking mainstream conservative views to the extreme. This is person who is already well beyond the fringes and only needed to justify violence as way of getting what he wants.

To be fair, terrorism is not an ideology in itself. Rather it is a tactic used to support an ideology. The terrible act of violence and senseless murder could have easily had a number of ideological justifications but in this case it seems that eco-fascism was his.

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