Two unrelated but connected pieces today: first, Paul Mason in the New Statesman about QAnon.
In the past seven days weâ€™ve seen such a â€œlying world of consistencyâ€ inspire mass actions by far-right movements, from the far-right invasion of Portland, to the storming of the Reichstag by anti-lockdown protesters, to the Trafalgar Square demonstration, also against masks and lockdowns.
At each of these protests, fascist symbols were displayed alongside folksy, sub-political slogans; in London and Berlin known neo-Nazis stood alongside libertarian hippies. The glue holding it all together is the conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
…If it literally came to pass that the US military staged a coup, threw Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton into Guantanamo and exposed thousands of famous people as Satanic paedophiles, what would the US look like? There would have to be camps, prisons, trials, secret detention centres â€“ and, of course, the people in them would not be Hollywood stars, but black, Muslim and Hispanic and Jewish Americans, together with the supposed â€œcultural Marxistsâ€ who are alleged to be conspiring to â€œreplaceâ€ white Christian America.
The same “white replacement” narrative is at the heart of the present-day anti-abortion movement. Here’sÂ Sian Norris in Byline Times on the myth of “live abortion” and its use by the far right.
To understand these attacks on abortion rights, one needs to look to the â€˜Great Replacementâ€™ conspiracy theory â€“ a racist trope that believes a mix of low white birth rates and rising immigration are â€˜replacingâ€™ the white race in the United States (and in Europe).
The way to raise the white birth rate, its adherents argue, is to pursue â€œprocreation not immigrationâ€. And the only way you can achieve that is by restricting or flat-out denying women autonomy over their own bodies â€“ restricting access to abortion and, in some cases, incentivising birth.
…Anti-abortion policies are not about faith or religious morality anymore â€“ if they ever were. Abortion is increasingly an issue of white supremacy, with right-wing leaders in the United States and Europe promising to halt a perceived â€˜demographic declineâ€™ by getting more (white) women to have (white) babies, rather than let (non-white) families in.