A Young Person’s Guide to Political Extremism

A Young Person’s Guide to Political Extremism

Fascism won’t turn up dressed

In collar and tie or Sunday best.

It may be smart but not severe,

You won’t have anything to fear.

But it becomes your boring mate

Who only tells you what he hates,

Who’ll have you thinking he’s your brother,

Although he doesn’t like the others

Fascism won’t keep things clear

While ambiguity breeds fear,

So never will it waste its time

With explanations, reasons, rhyme.

Its three small words convey its gist,

In mantras of the populist:

“Take back control!”

“Get Brexit done!”

“Believe, Obey, Fight!”

“We… have… won…?”

Fascism knows all too well

That facts will take it straight to hell,

While lies go round the world before

The truth can lock the stable door.

A lie told twice is verity,

It’s hope and faith and charity,

So falsehood’s endless repetition

Tolls the bell for opposition.

Fascism will tell you

That the minor details must compel, you’ll

Feel it slowly crush your soul

By miring you in rigmarole.

You’ll have no time to contemplate

The force of its one-party state,

Its lickspittles, its liars, its whores,

Their laughing disregard for law,

Their crimes that bring society

Not anger but anxiety,

Invisibly eroding hope

Until you just can’t fucking cope.

Their crimes that grind your discontent

To grains of personal dissent,

Till what was solidarity

Is you hate me hate him hate she.

Fascism wields power without

Responsibility or account,

Or honour or integrity,

Or financial propriety.

It wanks itself beneath its clothes,

Tumescent on how much it loathes you.

Power’s bound to cost a lot

When every hour’s a money shot!

But Fascism won’t know the shame

Of hate that dares not speak its name,

Though maybe it’s already here,

In toxic clouds of doubt and fear.

If policemen can attack protesters,

Revolution may fit best –

May younger generations

Lead us all in blessed congregation.

Thank you for reading,

Mike Stoddart.

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