A hundred years ago this evening, in Berlin, things weren’t going so well for Rosa Luxemburg. Captured by the Freikorps, who tortured her in a luxury hotel then killed her and dumped her body in a canal. All under the orders of her fellow-leftists, the SDP or Social Democrats, creating a rift on the German left which enabled another kind of socialist – the National kind led by Adolf Hitler – to rise to power, with disastrous consequences.
There’s much to admire in Luxemburg, not least the quote for which she is best known:
Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
Though a revolutionary socialist herself, she bravely stood up to Lenin and his thuggery. But as a brilliant article published yesterday didn’t try to hide, in the last two weeks of her life she herself promoted and endorsed violence. This was the result.
Let’s hop forward a hundred years to an altogether milder time:
Boles voted Remain himself but now advocates what’s being called the Norway+ option. The plus – meaning confecting some kind of customs union – being unnecessary in my view. But broadly along the right lines. In my view. The whole caboodle is also up to the EU, something Jeremy Corbyn failed to mention in talking about the incompetence of the government as he finally called a vote of no confidence for tomorrow.
But I wanted to talk about Project Fear, because I feel sure there’s a link to climate, as I made clear a few weeks after the original #peoplesvote:
I still believe that. Whatever happens now. Project Fear can fail.
Having said which, a descent into violence any sensible person should fear. Or increased censorship of “the one who thinks differently”. Or, most likely, the two together, feeding off each other.
The GWPF was pointing to Paul Homewood’s excellent article that day in July 2016: Project Fear From Lord Krebs. Clever use of a topical term. We as climate sceptics knew what it felt like to be early targets of the unimaginative mongers of fear and demonisation. (Look how Krebs had been willing to defame his old student Matt Ridley a year or two before, just because he was beginning to step out of line.)
How did I spot the strange conjunction of the murder of Luxemburg and the death of Theresa May’s Brexit deal this evening in the Commons? I dug out Michael Burleigh’s The Third Reich, A New History before Christmas in search of what was happening in 1919, not in Berlin but in Munich, especially that classic line “Of these men, only the Foreign Minister was clinically insane, cabling Lenin and the Pope about the whereabouts of the key to the lavatory door.” That was about a brief Bavarian leftist regime during that chaotic period.
I was looking for some parallel for today’s out-and-out insanity on the left. For that look no further than this report yesterday from a dedicated feminist and member of the Green Party whom I follow on Twitter on the limitations of the official report into the disgraceful and disgusting David Challenor affair.
This ties to the Lindsay Shepherd Twitter censorship story Paul mentioned earlier on Jaime’s thread of the same theme. But even worse was happening in the Green Party in Coventry in the UK. Could that be Cliscep relevant?
Whatever, it’s no time to give in to Project Fear, or violence, its evil step-sister.