EDITORIAL: Who is the far right?

Considering the epithets that the Swedish media normally use to describe Dispatch International, it is perhaps an improvement that Søren Villemoes writing for the Danish newspaper Weekendavise  makes do with calling us right-wing radical.

 

Weekendavisen has great influence on public opinion and before Villemoes characterization becomes received wisdom, it seems appropriate to ponder what he might base his portrayal on and what criteria he applies when partitioning people according to a left-right scale.

His comment comes in the wake of the current debate about the Danish poet Yahya Hassan, who has written and said many naughty things about Allah and his prophet.  Hassan has even said that the literary prize he received for his poems ought to have been shared with the utterly un-pc former leader of the Danish Peoples Party Pia Kjærsgaard.

Does that mean that Yahya Hassan should now be called right wing or perhaps a far right radical? Nobody from the pc establishment including the twelve Danish authors who condemned the tone of the Danish discourse in 2005 but are now voicing new tones would do that. And we must assume that Weekendavisen would refrain from sticking that label on him.

 

But there is still a difference between people. If those who for decades have been decried as racists, fascists and what not had said the same as Yahya Hassan, they would have been met with accusations of racism and dragged into court. But now the Danish tonal artists take their young colleague into their bosom.

That is cause for joy.

And fortunately Yahya Hassan has nothing to fear from the police or public prosecutor.

That is as it should be.

 

We have to conclude, however, that the criterion for what is right and what is left is not what is being said but who says it.

So we must return to the fundamental question: on what basis does Weekendavisen and other warm-hearted organs and people separate others as belonging to the left, i.e. the good ones, and the right, i.e. the bad ones?

 

The political terms left and right came into existence in 1789 during the French Revolution. Members of the National Assembly who supported the king sat to the right of the speaker, and revolutionaries to his left.

To the right belonged the representatives that to a greater or smaller extent were in favor of keeping the privileges of the nobility and the priesthood. The leftists advocated freedom, equality and brotherhood and wanted to abolish all special privileges.

If we apply this criterion, there is nothing right wing about Dispatch International. Quite the contrary: We belong to the far left as we are determined foes of any discrimination and believe that we should all be equal before the law. This implies, of course, that we must all have the same duties and that nobody should have the right to invoke preferential treatment with reference to social status, ethnicity, race, religion, political ideology or sexual orientation.

 

Today, unfortunately, this ideal of equality will earn you a label as belonging to the far right.  As Thomas Sowell has put it:

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled as a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.

A lot has happened to the left-right divide since the French Revolution. For the past 200 years, a leftist position has implied opposition to slavery and the oppression of women, advocacy of the rights of labor to organize, equal voting rights for men and women and for rich and poor, insistence on free speech, the right to criticize and ridicule religions and adherence to the welfare state.

And if we apply these criteria, Dispatch International is on the left.

 

It is not our fault that our self-proclaimed leftists have changed horses and are now doing servile labor for fanatics who defend religious privileges (in so far as they benefit Islam), close their eyes to perverse oppression of women, seek friendship with those who would kill homosexuals and do their utmost to pave the way for a mass immigration that is bound to undo the welfare state which workers and other unpropertied classes have spent a century to establish.

If that is what represents todays left, we say good riddance. It will be without Dispatch International.

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