Have you ever wondered why the UAF/SWP accuses everybody (except Muslims), and every organisation (except Muslim organisations and leftist groups they are similar too - and even they're not safe) of being 'fascists' or 'Nazis'?
One illuminating reason why they do so may be because Stalin did so. This fact will prove uncomfortable to the IslamoTrotskyist UAF/SWP because Stalin is not regarded as a 'real socialist’ by these people and not only because Stalin got someone to bang a pickaxe into Trotsky's skull.
No. Stalin killed tens of millions and carried out numerous mass purges. Therefore he could not have been a 'real Marxist' or a 'real socialist'. This, by inference, also means that Soviet Union was not a 'genuine socialist state' or a 'workers' state'. (In fact, because all socialist regimes have failed big time and on all fronts, the UAF/SWP claims that none of them were genuine 'workers' states' or whatever term they use nowadays - just as Islamists say pretty much the same about all Muslim - and even all Islamic - states.)
Of course we know that Marxism led to Leninism and Leninism led to Stalinism. Trotskyism couldn't have led anywhere really because there never was a Trotskyite state or a Trotsky’s 'international' coalition of states. (Lenin, as well as Trotsky to a slightly lesser extent, was just as much an autocrat and believer in single-party totalitarianism as Stalin. The superficial and irrelevant difference stressed by the UAF/SWP, among other leftists, are just that - superficial and irrelevant to all non-Trotskyites.)
The thing about Stalin's use of the word 'fascist' was that it was more a political tactic than an ideological idea.
The thing about the UAF/SWP's use of the word 'fascist is that it is more a political tactic than an ideological idea.
Accusing enemies of being fascist works - politically speaking. And thus the UAF/SWP uses this term, and others, very often. According to Jonah Goldberg, in his enlightening book, Liberal Fascism, says that it’s the case that
"no one has to take a fascist seriously. You're under no obligation to listen to a fascist's arguments [surely he can't have arguments] or concern yourself with his feelings or rights [he has none].” (3)
(Admittedly there is a self-referential problem with Goldberg's statement above and, perhaps, even of his entire book.
If leftists and left-liberals use the word 'fascist' to silence all opposition, as with the UAF/SWP's totalitarian 'no platform' policy, then isn't Goldberg doing the same towards leftists and left-liberals? He is effectively saying that because such people accuse all enemies of being 'fascist', then that must mean that they are fascist too - that's precisely a fascist way of doing things. But isn't Goldberg himself doing it too? He is accusing leftists of being (red?) fascists and indeed in his book, Liberal Fascism, he accuses many liberals (leftists and left-liberals in the UK) of being fascists - though of course these red fascists don't know they're fascists; just as the some EDL members don't know they're fascists - according to the UAF/SWP's non-acute and non-sophisticated way of looking at these things.)
Back to Uncle Joe.
Stalin, after achieving absolute power in the Soviet Union, engendered many enemies. (Most of who was the fictitious result of Stalin's conspiratorial - or literally paranoid - mind.) However, his enemies were not always literal enemies within the borders of the Soviet Union. (That in the old Russian style, grew and grew over the years.) His enemies included contradictory ideas and contradictory movements - often socialist ones.
i) The socialists who were aligned with Moscow were not enemies.
ii) The socialists who were not aligned with Moscow were enemies.
How best to deal with these enemies?
Simple. Accuse them of being fascists.
(There were very many other word-weapons which Stalin used against his enemies. For example, 'Zionist', 'cosmopolitan' (usually a Jew), 'reactionary', 'reformist', 'bourgeois', 'right socialist' and so on.)
There were very many victims of Stalin's word-weapon 'fascist'. According to Goldberg again:
“Stalin's theory of social fascism rendered even Franklin Roosevelt a fascist.” (10)
(Again, Stalin designated Roosevelt a 'fascist', but isn't that precisely what Goldberg does in his book?)
The UAF/SWP will not love this example.
According to Stalin, and millions of other Communists, Trotsky had a death-meeting with a pickaxe primarily because he was planning a 'fascist coup' against the Soviet state. The UAF/SWP may accept that Trotsky did indeed plan such a coup. Do they also think that it was a fascist coup - or even a red-fascist one?
Finally, the UAF/SWP use many other word-weapons, but which Stalin himself would never have used in his own context, which include 'Zionist', 'Islamophobe', 'racist', 'bigot', 'thug', 'neo-con', 'neo-liberal', etc. In other words, the average UAF/SWP member (as also with Home Not Hate, etc.,), along with its leaders at the top (in the Central Committee of the SWP), utilise a vast array of word-weapons which are no more than leftist soundbites. (Along with soundbite phrases and even whole sentences when they can manage them.)
The terrible and depressing thing is that the juvenile use of these word-weapons often does the job. After all, i) the EDL and even UKIP cannot give talks at student unions because such coups are 'fascist' or 'essentially Nazi'.
ii) No one can criticise any aspect of Islam without being accused of being an 'Islamophobe' or a 'racist' or a 'Nazi' or a 'bigot' or a 'thug'.
iii) The Daily Star, a couple of years back, quickly - very quickly! - stopped supporting the EDL - not because it realised that the EDL was indeed racist or a Nazi group, but because leftist groups (such as UAF/SWP, Hope Not Hate, etc.) persuaded its cowardly journalists and editor that the EDL was a Nazi group. Either that or the Daily Star knew that the EDL was not Nazi but nevertheless it also knew that supporting the EDL would do the newspaper much damage both in terms of sales and reputation. Or, at the very least, this might have been what various leftists and left-liberals threatened would be the consequence of the Star supporting the EDL. Indeed the Daily Mirror, if not the Star, explicitly supports groups such as Hope Not Hate.
iii) Way back in the 1980s, even the Conservative Party, not just its ‘New Right', were very often classed as being 'fascist' by many equivalent leftist groups.
Of course, such student-like uses of the word 'fascist' against everyone who dares to disagree with them may result in its use ceasing to be taken seriously. In fact that has been the actual result for many people. Unfortunately, many people are still almost instinctively frightened or enraged when someone, or something, is deemed to be fascist. However, whenever the rest of us hear the word 'fascist', we should reach for our guns. (This is, of course, a fascist reaction to the use of the word 'fascist'!)