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… fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.”

That’s a famous comment from American essayist Tom Wolfe in one of his books, but he was actually quoting a French socialist writer named Jean-François Revel. Wolfe included it in response to the usual dull carping from European “intellectuals” about the USA in the 1960’s, but the way things are going in America I’m not so amused by the comment anymore.

Still, Europe, despite all their pretensions and denials, sure does look like it’s once again heading in that direction with news like this, EU must consider mandatory Covid jabs, says Von der Leyen:

The EU must consider mandatory vaccination in response to the spread of the “highly contagious” Omicron Covid variant across Europe, the European Commission president has said.

“One-third of the European population is not vaccinated … not each and every one can be vaccinated – children, for example, or people with special medical conditions – but the vast majority could.

“How we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union, this needs discussion. This needs a common approach, but it is a discussion that I think has to be met.”

Well, at least she’s not into jabbing kids under the age of twelve, which is good since their statistical risk of sickness or injury from Chinese Lung Rot is almost zero and kid-to-adult transmission does not seem to be a thing. I see New Zealand is full speed ahead on those plans anyway.

That link also has a a cool little map of Europe that you can click on to show each nation’s current situation. Note that Sweden – whose “let-it-rip” approach (not what they did actually) – was supposed to be a screaming disaster, is doing much better than central Europe and as well as hard-ass nations like Spain and Italy.

The thing is that all these actions are merely the latest in a series of comparisons between the EU and the old Fascists that are starting to become a little too close for comfort. Here’s a comparison of Ms von der Leyen’s Presidential voting form with that of You Know Who.

As well as a comparison of the whole Euro project…

While the EU President is only talking about 100% mandatory vaccinations, Austria are actually doing them, plus the return of lockdowns:

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced in a press conference Friday that COVID-19 vaccination will become mandatory for everyone beginning February 1, 2022. As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hits Western Europe, Austria is the first country to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory. 

Also Germany:

Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections.

You can take the girl out of East Germany but you can’t take East Germany out of the girl.

I don’t know if Merkel will require the unvaccinated to wear anything for identification. But I have a feeling they’ll have to show their papers. Perhaps she’ll be inspired by past efforts like this card shown on the left.

That’s the famous German Health Pass Card, of 1938, the Gesundheitspass Des Hauptamtes Für Volksgesundheit Der NSDAP.

That card was implemented with the backing in large measure of the German medical profession, half of whom joined the Nazi Party.

To what degree the unvaccinated will be vilified is not yet known, but as other measures fail and cases (and death rates) rise again, it would be a surprise if they were not, since governments will need a scapegoat and the ground is being prepared in thought and deed by separating the two groups and making it quite clear from whence comes the danger to the “fully vaccinated”. The public can take it from there:

During the years of the Nazi regime, German doctors frequently argued that Jews spread disease. Reflecting common themes in Nazi propaganda, these medical professionals repeatedly pushed the false claim that Jews were especially responsible for outbreaks of typhus—a deadly contagious disease spread by lice.

But perhaps I shouldn’t taunt the Germans specifically or the Euros in general. Just take a look at one of the camps that’s been built in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Also, here’s the NT government’s web page on Covid-19 quarantine:

  • stay in the person’s allocated room, including on any veranda space allocated to the room, unless permitted by an authorised officer; and
  • when not in their room, or on their veranda, residents must take all reasonable measures to stay at least 1.5 metres away from any other person in the quarantine facility, except for the person’s spouse, de facto partner, child or parent; and
  • wear a face mask when outside their room unless an authorised officer permits the person to remove the face mask; and….

They’re very serious about this too. Recently the NT police arrested three Aboriginal teenagers (aged 15,16, and 17) for allegedly escaping a “voluntary” quarantine camp. NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner…

… said the escape could mean an extension of the time the teenagers were required to stay in quarantine. “Absconding from Howard Springs isn’t just dangerous — it is incredibly stupid,” he said “Because we will catch you and there will be consequences.”

Here’s the kicker:

All three teens tested negative for [Chinese] COVID the day before they bolted. They never actually HAD the China flu. They were locked up for coming into contact with someone who had it.”

Some months ago, when I wrote about the Australian situation in Civil Liberties Have Gone To The Dogs, I included this little poster, which met scoffing denials that the comparison was ridiculous.

I’ve no doubt that most people in New Zealand still think that. Which is precisely why it is entirely possible for all the above to occur in New Zealand in 2022 if we have a substantial rise in case numbers in the Autumn. Take no notice of PM Ardern’s statement the other day (in response to a direct question) that we would never follow Austria’s path. She simply is not believable.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

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  1. While “Facism” is an evocative title I’m not sure that is what it is.

    “Authoritarian” perhaps

    “Neo Socialist”

    Neo Nazism

    First you identify a group to blame,, eg Jews or the unvaccinated,

    then you pass laws prejudicial to them,

    then you explicitly identify them with Yellow Stars or Vaccine Passports

    Then you hit then financially by confiscating their property or fining them

    The principle of treating them this way is the same, gassing people took another 6-7 years.

    Forced vaccination is the modern day equivalent of sticking them in camps or gassing them.

    The irony is… neither group is a threat to the other.

    In fact as statistics prove, its the vaccinated that are the threat, 90% vaccinated means catching and transmission will be through the vaccinated..

    Also once the unvaccinated have caught it their immune system will be totally immune to the virus, unlike the fully vaccinated who are only partially immune.

    So is the contractions of the times we live in, the time of the poorly educated political hegemony that reverts to authoritarianism as a policy response.

    rossco

    December 5, 2021 at 8:50 am

    • Does this mean virtually every OECD country is about to become a neo Nazi state virtually indistinguishable from the actual Nazi’s 1933 to 1945?
      Just writing that question shows the absurdity of this type of analogy. Public health measures around vaccination and epidemics are hardly extraordinary. They have happened in the past. MIQ isolation for an infectious period has also been done in the past. In the modern world where international travel is so common has made the scale of it larger than in the past.
      As with all pandemics, the current measures will soon pass, both with higher rates of vaccination and natural abatement.
      As an aside, I presume Tom would be appalled by Chris Luxon saying on Q & A that Barack Obama as the politician he most admired. Though given Q & A is on MSM, I guess Tom missed it. Nevertheless, an interview well worth seeing.

      Wayne

      December 5, 2021 at 10:04 am

    • Wayne I dont know if you are answering my post or Tom’s but either way your posit is absurd.

      Most of Europe went Nazi or Neo Nazi starting with Austria on 11 March 1938. Most of the others in Europe went have voluntery or were forced to by armed invasion.

      You may or may not recall the other half of Europe was forced to go Communist or neo Socialist as well at about the same time or after 1945.

      It was a bit like having a double jab, it was not voluntary for either of the political systems.

      After the war, those not jabbed with the Communist needle went Democratic Socialist. Most of those parties were heavily infiltrated by Russian Socialist virus. Perhaps the best example is Merkel from East Germany who seems intent on destroying Germany both with heavy handed Covid regulation and non sensical energy policies.

      I would place you in the neo Socialist camp Wayne, extremely close to Labour and thoroughly enjoying their policies to save mankind from a virus whose overall survivability is well north of 99% (without forced vaccination)

      I cant think of any policies like since this since 1945.

      I assume you are referring to the true pandemic of 1918- 1920?

      As for Luxon I reserve my judgement on him. His best mate , Key, is a devout follower of Obama, so its only natural he follows his mentor.

      It is of concern though as Obama was noted for achieving nothing of value but making fine speeches.

      But as the Cindy doll goes out of fashion the disillusioned need a home, the only thing Luxon may have got right in his entire tenure yet to come is his timing….and that was luck not skill.

      rossco

      December 5, 2021 at 1:21 pm

  2. Of course I missed it, and I’m glad to know that my reasons for not watching – which is that it is entirely predictable that Luxon would praise Obama – still stand true.

    It’s also good to know that the following remains true:

    For instance probably two thirds of the Key cabinet (and Nats generally) preferred Obama to the Republican contenders. So successful National leaders are very much like Romney.

    and…

    [Tom] You are right. There were (and are) a substantial number of National MP’s who would have similar views to myself.

    I’d like to think that Luxon is just another greasy politician who, in this case, uses Obama as a “Hey-I’m-a-good-guy shield after being pummeled in the MSM about being a Christian and very wealthy, but perhaps he really means it. After all, Obama was whatever character his idolisers cloaked him with, and he knew it too, so there’s lessons there for ambitious politicians.

    Tom Hunter

    December 5, 2021 at 10:53 am

  3. The Labour team of University Marxists very much enjoyed their taste of authoritarian rule during the lockdown. The NZ people went along with the narrative as being locked at home on full pay is a bit of a lark. Now the Labour regime are implementing medical Apartheid with passed-at-midnight Cheka law, enforced by their willing authoritarian allies in business.

    We have accepted too many lies with barely a whimper. Tyrants are born every day.

    Pb

    December 7, 2021 at 5:12 am


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