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Jun142012

Willis Carto and the American Far Right

I just finished a book called Willis Carto and the American Far Right.  It was written by George Michael and is about as fair as a mainstream writer could possibly be.  It was much more even handed than I expected. As a regular reader of The Barnes Review and American Free Press, I am a fan of Carto. His political position is one that separates him from both traditional left and right, from both Republican and Democrat.  It puts both him and me in a politically limbonic position where a vote for Romney is as distasteful as a vote for Obama. It is a position that leads me to use a nome de plume, because my views are unacceptable to the Powers that Be. And those Powers can be most destructive. And yet, Carto has been on the forefront on this independent movement for over half a century.  He has made mistakes and he has made many enemies, but he has been consistent and energetic in his stand.

    The conclusion that the book makes, and Carto agrees with the assessment to some extent, is that his failiure has been in not bringing together the various tribes, flavors, and movements that make up the diverse Far Right.  The author then goes a step further and suggests that the reason for this failiure is that the Far Right has no unifying ideology that will bring together these different groups.  Some focus on immigration, some on race. Some focus on social issues, while others look to international problems.  There is no one common core that would bring together these different groups.  Carto himself suggests that what is needed is a strong, charismatic leader that would motivate the different groups to unify.  The author additionally suggests that one problem is all the dysfunctional personalities in the movement that put their perspective ahead of everything else.  I don't have any easy answers.  My guess is that the Far Right will most probably not come together in any cohesive manner, until external circumstance, external disaster forces them to. And at that point a leader or numerous leaders might rise up, put their petty issues aside and join together for the good of the Folk.  Only time will tell.  But credit must be given to people like Willis Carto and his diligence over so many years to the Cause.

 

Q.

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