August 20, 2016

Lessons from the past

Last week an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the World Anti-Fascist War took place on a grand scale in China. On the occasion leaders reiterated a pledge to prevent fascism from ever rearing its head again. Myanmar was occupied by fascists during World War II and took part in the global fight against the spread of fascism. People around the world have united to denounce fascism and several decades have passed since then. Fascism has been rejected by the world’s majority, and by definition, any dictator who tries to forcibly suppress any form of opposition and criticism, create a regimented system of commerce and industry and emphasise aggressive nationalism that strays into racism.
We are lucky to live an age when democracy and human rights are valued by most of the world’s leaders and for the emergence of fascism to seem so unlikely in the 21st Century. However we must acknowledge that certain elements of fascism, such as an extreme form of nationalism, the oppression of opposition or monopolisation of political power may linger for some time. Its architects may masquerade these things as mere patriotism and we must be wary of that.  We must guard against any inkling of fascism taking root in our society.


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