6 Mar 2016

Mongolian far-right

The far-right is found practically anywhere.
I have long ceased to be amazed how similar it all is. Common principles: everything bad is the fault of foreigners and traitors... and people are not to marry just whoever they want. Oh and they kill people, usually defenceless people.

During the Second World War, soviet POWs who exhibited Mongolian racial characteristics were executed out of hand by Nazis in the name of purifying eastern Europe.

You'd be forgiven, then, for being surprised to hear that the Mongolian far-right revere Hitler.

"Once again, ultra-nationalists have emerged from an impoverished economy and turned upon outsiders. This time the main targets come from China, the rising power to the south.
Groups such as Tsagaan Khass, or White Swastika, portray themselves as patriots standing up for ordinary citizens in the face of foreign crime, rampant inequality, political indifference and corruption.
But critics say they scapegoat and attack the innocent. The US state department has warned travellers of increased assaults on inter-racial couples in recent years – including organised violence by ultra-nationalist groups.
Dayar Mongol threatened to shave the heads of women who sleep with Chinese men. Three years ago, the leader of Blue Mongol was convicted of murdering his daughter's boyfriend, reportedly because the young man had studied in China."

Be of no confusion, either, that it might be because the swastika (turned the other way) is an ancient symbol in much of Asia, and the Nazis co-opted it. No... it's Hitler they revere. By name, and they use the salute, plus Nazi imagery.

""Adolf Hitler was someone we respect. He taught us how to preserve national identity," said the 41-year-old co-founder (of Tsagaan Khass) , who calls himself Big Brother.
"We don't agree with his extremism and starting the second world war. We are against all those killings, but we support his ideology. We support nationalism rather than fascism.""

I've heard of the Japanese far-right giving Hitler love, on occasion, but their signature imagery does not come from anywhere but Japan.

But nearly 71 years on from ending the cataclysm that Hitler and his cronies wrought... the weeds still grow..

Even in the places Hitler would have obliterated. Even among people he would have despised and murdered wholesale.
It's a peculiar sadness.

more here and here


  1. So Hitler didn't quite have the details right, but they like his principles. No points for originality.

    Well, at least the righties in our country will have somewhere to ex-pat to if Hillary or Bernie win. They'll fit right in.

  2. Popped in on this, as soon as I left here. Herr Trumpenfuhrer.

    1. Thing is... an acceptable and cost-nothing answer wouldn’t be that hard.
      He could just say:
      “I don’t like the idea of anyone getting hurt at my rallies. If anyone is coming here looking for that then they’ve picked the wrong place. I’m here for all Americans.”
      It's an empty answer but it would cost him nothing, alienate no-one and it would leave the question nowhere to go.

  3. This is an interesting article on Justin Trudeau. Canada is looking better regardless of who wins here. I hope he's serious about the job, since he seems to have had a varied resume so far.

    1. I note that Canada's Liberal Party is vastly more liberal than our 'Liberal' Party....

  4. Sadly, Der Fuhrball is providing lots of fodder for the satire
    news sites. America blushes.

    1. "America blushes"

      Not a critical mass of its population blushes, however, which is sort of the problem.

  5. Probably like many people, I'm not that familiar with Mongolia. I knew a family from nearby Kazakhstan and a Biology professor who spends months each year following the wild mongol horse herd. As to
    the fascist instinct, perhaps the widespread genes of Genghis Khan
    afflict the population; a population confined mainly to the capital,
    the rest being left to the wild horses and a few nomads?

    1. I think it’s just down to a degree of poverty and lack of opportunities combined with jealousy of “the stranger”.

      The cultures of inner east Asia are very rich but the Nazis would represent a kind of pop fascism. They want something meaningful to outsiders but comes from far away enough to have nothing to do with the people they want to attack.
      And they can’t simply use Genghis Khan – who is seen as a much more positive figure in Mongolia – because he’s already a national hero.
      It’d be like a punk giving praise to Lincoln.

    2. Sorry about lack of posts recently, by the way, I'm just flat out with myriad things.

  6. One of the seemingly common traits of all righties, ESPECIALLY the extreme right is nothing more than pure ignorance and the ability for "leadership" to take advantage of them and prey upon the ignorant.

    It was true with Hitler, Italy, Russia and it's incredibly true in the US today.

    Ignorance, due to a lack of education; a lack of interest in reality, or the exceptionally laziness of anyone who would rather have their "leaders" tell them which direction to go, rather than to take the time to learn for themselves; it's all ignorance and the propaganda/marketing machine in any country loves them and their meager wallets.

    When I think of mass ignorance, I'm always reminded of the Dark Ages when the church was the preeminent leadership and the efforts they extended to keep everyone ignorant in order to maintain that control.

    1. Education…
      When we learn history it should not be a storybook. We should be examining who gives us this narrative and why – because that trains us to critique all things in terms of who is saying this or writing this… and why.
      That’s one of the hidden values of the subject – it trains you to understand the demands of objectivity and the obligation - to yourself if no-one else – not to be taken for a fool. To not be used by someone else.
      And by default this also teaches pluralism.

      Somewhere along the line, people who fall for manifestly stupid ideologies missed out on all that. They don't have the skills to take it apart.