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 perspective paper produced by members of the Anarchist Federation within climate camp 2009.At the 2008 Climate Camp in Kingsnorth an open letter was circulated by anti-capitalist campers raising concerns that the movement was increasingly being by influenced state-led approaches to tackling climate change. A more developed version was later published by Shift magazine. The original argued broadly that the camp should adopt anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian principles and objectives.
So, how is it that the recent European elections returned two BNP candidates to "represent" the people of Yorkshire and the North-West? The most obvious explanation is quite simply that no-one wanted to vote for the mainstream parties, and it's hard to blame them - the efforts of the most dedicated BNP activists pale in comparison to the antics of corrupt MPs like Douglas Hogg or Hazel Blears when it comes to discrediting the BNP's rivals. As anarchists, we certainly don't see the widespread "apathy" (contempt would be a better way of putting it) towards the big three parties as a bad thing - a turnout of around 34% means that about 66% of the electorate have seen through the hollow promises of politicians and could potentially be won over to genuinely effective methods of grassroots organising.1 But first we need a real alternative to put forward - otherwise, as we've seen, it's all too easy for disillusioned voters to be persuaded by the "anti-establishment" image of the BNP.
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