The British National Party has been getting a lot of attention lately, from politicians, the media, and most importantly from sizeable sections of the working-class who feel that the BNP represent their interests. Housing, work, pay and welfare are all issues which the BNP have supposedly taken up whilst claiming to represent the “British working-class”. The BNP however is stooped in a tradition of fighting against our class, from collaborating with rich business owners to calling for the ending of, and actively working against workers’ struggles, such as strikes. Despite this, the BNP are still attempting to tap into the working class, especially in former pit towns and dilapidated industrial zones as a way to increase their support by blaming the problems which the bosses (represented by the past and current Tory and Labour governments) have created, on asylum seekers, migrant workers, women and LGBT people, in other words, blaming other working class people for problems they have not created and are also suffering from themselves.
But if you take a moment to stop and think about it, it’s not hard to see the colossal irony here: this is the Armed Forces we’re talking about. Their entire purpose is to kill large numbers of foreigners. This isn’t overblown rhetoric or anything, it’s a simple fact that if, at various times over the last century, soldiers refused to kill Germans, Italians, Koreans, Egyptians, Kenyans, Yemenis, Argentinians, Iraqis and Afghans (among others), they were court-marshalled. For military leaders to complain about people who don’t like foreigners trying to steal their image is like Arsenal complaining about their proud traditions being hijacked by extremists who really like kicking footballs around in a field. They’re basically saying “we didn’t slaughter thousands and thousands of poorly-armed brown conscripts so you lot could go around being horrible to people from other races.”
A few words are necessary in advance. The AF does not have a single perspective on fascism and the way to counter it. We view this as the kind of internal disagreement within libertarian organisations as healthy. There are differences of viewpoint on the nature of fascism, where it comes from, how it comes to power, and what kind of activity should be directed towards it. We published two of these viewpoints in parallel in issue 70 of our magazine Organise!, with one article arguing for militant, direct opposition to fascism and another arguing that fascism is a form of the capitalist state, and the way to counteract state attacks on the working class and ‘undesirable’ sections of it is to build our ability to fight back as a class. Such differences inform the practical activity groups and individual members undertake on a local level.