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October 31, 2007

Did Somebody Say Islamophobofascism?

One week after my column tried to launch the butt-ugly word "Islamophobofascism," the Young Americans for Freedom invite a leader of the British National Party to speak at Michigan State University as part of David Horowitz's latest round of publicity stunts.

I'm not sure how you get to label yourself a "British nationalist" while also having an enthusiasm for the swastika, but squaring that particular circle has been BNP's major achievement.

Aside from proving my point -- thanks, MSU YAF! -- this incident has had the interesting effect of heightening the contradictions (to use an old idiom) within the wingnutosophere. Chances are this tendency will continue and deepen. Horowitz has been a useful idiot for the right wing. But some of them crave red meat and he's just tofu.

Posted by smclemee at October 31, 2007 4:46 PM

COMMENTS

Well, we have Russian nazis these days, so why not...

Posted by: Jacob Christensen at October 31, 2007 5:53 PM

Even more absurd than Russian Nazis are the Israeli neo-Nazis (most of who seem to be immigrants from Russia, hence a double absurdity). See here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,2165880,00.html

Posted by: Jeet Heer at November 1, 2007 4:40 PM

Now that's chutzpah!

Posted by: Scott McLemee at November 1, 2007 4:44 PM