JEWISH COMMUNISTS USE SAME OLD TRICKS AND LABEL THEIR OPPONENTS 'ANTI-SEMITIC' AND 'FASCISTS'
“The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.” Not WSC. - Winston Churchill
It comes to us frequently of late, and is always the same: “I’m a reporter writing to ask whether a certain quote attributed to Winston Churchill was actually spoken or written by him.
The quote is: ‘The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.’ There does not seem to be credible information on the internet linking those words to Churchill, but I would appreciate your input.”
Manufacturing Churchill quotes is a parlor game. Nigel Rees, host of the BBC program Quote…Unquote, describes what he calls “Churchillian Drift.” It’s a proces whereby a quote’s originator “is elbowed to one side and replaced by someone more famous. So to Churchill or Napoleon would be ascribed what, actually, a lesser-known political figure said.” Churchill, Napoleon, Lincoln, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr.—they are all victims. (As is indeed Yogi Berra. “I never said half the things I said,” Yogi said—allegedly.)
Right now, the popular quote about fascists and anti-fascists is almost as frequent as that hardy perennial, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Churchill never said either. The Churchill Project has a way to verify this. We have scanned some 80 million published words by and about Churchill into a searchable facility for scholars. Churchill himself accounts for about 20 million (books, articles, speeches, letters, papers), including 23 volumes of The Churchill Documents. There are also 60 million words of biography, specialized studies, related works on the World Wars, and memoirs by Churchill’s associates. Of course some quotes in these secondary sources are hearsay, so one has to consider the source.
Politically, those words are in vogue. It’s a popular reflex to call someone with authoritarian impulses a fascist. Attaching it to Churchill gives it credibility. Like most examples of “Churchillian Drift,” it is quite impossible to track. Some begin with words he said, distorted out of recognition. Others are simply made up. Churchill quotation books and websites abound, but any item without solid attribution is suspect. Nearly 150 are listed on my blogsite—with notes as to their origins (if known).
Fascists and anti-fascists
We are very confident that Churchill made no pronouncement about fascists of the future. Not only because the quotation or parts of it does not come up in digital searches; but because Churchill didn’t use “fascist” in the generic sense—or as a pejorative against political opponents, as so frequently today. In most of the 97 times he used the word, he referred to specific entities. Examples: the pre-World War II Yugoslav Anti-fascist Coalition, or the postwar Italian Anti-fascist Council.
For Churchill to label a political opponent a fascist would be inconceivable. We might think he would have said that, say, about Clement Attlee, his socialist opposite and successor as Prime Minister in 1945. But Churchill would never think of it.
One of the striking things about The Churchill Documents, volume 22 (1945-51) is the civility of their discourse. In debate, Churchill criticized Attlee fiercely and often, and these criticisms are in the volume. Several times in the House of Commons, he called Attlee’s competence into question. Yet they both worked to keep channels open with each other, where mutually aligned in the nation’s interest. Churchill would brook no generic criticism of Attlee, who certainly could be accused of authoritarian impulses. On the floor they went at it hammers and tongs. Off the floor there was mutual respect. It was a relationship of cordiality and fairness.
“The Creeds of the Devil”
There is a third reason why Churchill would not have said this popular phrase. To speak in sweeping terms about “fascists” doesn’t even sound like him. It’s too pat, too simple; not natural nor realistic. Churchill’s views on extreme and tyrannical government were specific. They first occur in a beautiful 1937 essay, “The Infernal Twins.” In it he compares Nazism with Communism, then takes pains to distinguish Italian fascism.
Nazism and Communism imagine themselves as exact opposites. They are at each other’s throats wherever they exist all over the world. They actually breed each other; for the reaction against Communism is Nazism, and beneath Nazism or Fascism Communism stirs convulsively.
Yet they are similar in all essentials. First of all, their simplicity is remarkable. You leave out God and put in the Devil; you leave out love and put in hate; and everything thereafter works quite straightforwardly and logically.
They are, in fact, as alike as two peas. Tweedledum and Tweedledee are two quite distinctive personalities compared to these two rival religions.
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