Enforcing ideological purity in leftist Britain

Th British folk/rock band Sol Invictus is a popular group in the post-industrial ”neo-folk” scene. Like a number of bands in the genre, it attracts interest from white nationalists, but the band does not seem to identify itself with any particular political ideology.

Some of its members have previous associations with right-wing groups like the British National Party, and present and former members of the UK’s National Front. Following protests from “anti-fascist” activists, the group issued a statement at a gig in London in June where lead singer Tony Wakefield said:

“Sol Invictus would like to publicly state that as a band and as individuals we are not interested in working with anyone who seeks to promote the glorification or rehabilitation of any of the murderous totalitarian ideologies which blighted the 20th century”.

However, this hasn’t satisfied anti-fascist activists who argue that simply denouncing WN links isn’t good enough. As can be seen by the comments on anti fascist websites (see here , here and here) anti fascist activists have pretty dogmatic and intolerant opinions. A number are of the opinion that any musician who’s previously been involved in WN politics, or even makes frequent use of fascist imagery for artistic purposes, should be barred from playing in public. That is, unless they’ve shown a positive commitment to anti-fascism by joining or donating to anti-fascist organisations or appearing at anti-fascist events.

This reminds me of the re-education programs that traditional conservatives and other dissidents had to undergo in totalitarian communist societies. For a modestly successful niche band like Sol Invictus, being denied access to gigs would be equivalent to barring an author getting published and amounts to a direct violation of the free speech principles that liberals are usually keen to defend.

Perhaps anti-fascists think we should start burning Ezra Pound books and destroy Wagner CDs?

I hope that UK music venues and events organisers won’t bow to this kind of childish totalitarian bullying and will continue to allow peaceful, law a-biding bands like Sol Invictus an audience for their music.

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One Comment on “Enforcing ideological purity in leftist Britain”

  1. […] Antifascists use fascist tactics to shut down anyone who disagrees with them. Published: January 2, 2012 Leave a Comment Name: Required […]

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