Is Golden Dawn a Group of "Right Wing" Extremists?
I was on Drudge this morning, when I saw a link to a story about the Greek nationalist party Golden Dawn. They have a rather wicked looking flag that, to me, seems obviously based on the swastika, which alone means I would never support them. I mean, if you emulate the Nazis in symbology, I suspect you follow their ideology as well.
The story begins: "Emboldened by its meteoric rise in Greece, the far-right Golden Dawn party is spreading its tentacles abroad, amid fears it is acting on its pledge to "create cells in every corner of the world.'"
Having read Jonah Goldberg's book, Liberal Fascism, I was immediately suspicious of this "right wing" moniker, so I Googled "golden dawn party platform." I scrolled through a few pages of my search, clicked on a few links (including the Wikipedia page) and couldn't find anything resembling a party platform. What I gather is that Golden Dawn hates immigrants, likes the Nazis, and seeks to expand internationally by wooing Greeks all over the world. (There's probably some anti-semitism too, but I've already spent too much time reading about these yahoos.)
So, what's right wing here? That they hate all non-Greeks? I'm "right wing," and I think non-Greeks are just fine: heck, I am non-Greek.
Perhaps they're right wing because they hate all people not of their nationality?
I'm right wing, and I don't hate anyone on the basis of nationality.
Perhaps they're right wing because they shave their heads?
I'm right wing, and I don't shave my head.
Perhaps they're right wing because they give the Nazi salute?
I'm right wing, and I don't give the Nazi salute.
Perhaps they're right wing because the press doesn't like them?
I'm right wing and the press doesn't like me.
Aha! If the press doesn't like you, you're right wing. And if the press doesn't like you, and you shave your head and act like a Nazi, then you're way right wing, so much so that we must call you a "right wing extremist," because the ideology of the "right," in its extreme, leads to hating immigrants and Jews, shaving your head, acting like a Nazi, and just being evil. Got it.
Seriously, though: if anyone can find the party platform of Golden Dawn, please put it in the comments. Let's see how "right wing" these yahoos are. I'll bet dollars to donuts they're not a bunch of free marketers.