OPINION: Right Wing Resistance agenda reprehensible
OPINION: I was walking back to the office from lunch and the weirdest thing happened to me. Lost in my thoughts about what an idiot I was for wearing a suit jacket when out and about in February, I looked up to find I had fallen in step with a group of black-jacketed men.
One of them gave me some brochures setting out who they were and what their ideas were.
They called themselves the "Right Wing Resistance". As spelt out in their literature, however, a lot of their views didn't seem all that right wing.
For example, their pamphlets hit on things like the peril of too much Chinese investment, the pervasive threat of Zionism, Israel's "holocaust" in Gaza, the perfidious influence of Cameron Slater and National Party pollster and commentator David Farrar in New Zealand politics, the sovereignty-destroying TPPA and, of course, the fact that John Key is a rootless money man whose allegiance is to international finance and not the people of New Zealand.
The Right Wing Resistance is also dead set against the prime minister's desire to see the flag changed into a "brand label".
It has to be said that the overall themes and prose style of their literature shared much more with the anonymous commenters on the Left-wing blog, The Standard than the centre-Right, Kiwiblog. Of course, the more usual economic xenophobia was leavened throughout with heavy dollops of racism, which stands in stark contrast to your garden variety left-liberal – who usually considers racism to be the most grievous sin in the book.
Nevertheless, these guys have clearly not neglected the "socialism" part of national socialism.
As you would expect, the group was hostile to Muslim immigrants – but they really hate the Jews. However bad Muslims are, the group says that they "do not control the world banks, media, the sick junk that comes from Hollywood, TV or even their own oil". The international Jewry, on the other hand, is claimed to have been pulling the strings of the New Zealand government since 1874.
The prime minister, who is of Jewish ancestry, featured prominently here. Right Wing Resistance even took the time to make positive reference to infamous anti-Semitic slur used against Key by a Labour candidate in the last election.
Not wanting to be entangled in the group, I increased my walking speed to get ahead of them. However, I was soon overtaken when I stopped at a cash machine. At that point, I realised that we shared a destination and that the purpose of their march was to make some kind of protest outside the building where I work.
As I stepped into the lift, two Right Wing Resistance members stepped in with me. One of them asked me if I worked for the Immigration Department, which has an office in the building. I told him that I didn't and asked him what they were doing. He brandished some sort of letter of protest and told me they would be delivering it to the department. He was actually pretty friendly.
When the lift arrived at the right level the Right Wing Resistance duo failed to exit in time.
They might might have been distracted or they forgot what floor they were supposed to get out on. This meant they would have to travel to everybody else's destinations before they could deliver their letter.
When I got to my floor I tried to call the local Immigration New Zealand branch to let them know about the demonstration going on just outside the lobby. After all, it can't have been a very pleasant gauntlet for their clients to have to run. After waiting through the usual lengthy automated phone menu, I was told I was number 37 in the queue.
I hung up and decided to just go and tell the branch in person.
When the lift came to my floor, out stepped the Right Wing Resistance guys. They looked a bit confused about where they were. It was not immediately clear to me whether they had succeeded in delivering their letter.
I went down with them to the ground floor. The demonstration looked to be in the process of winding down. I didn't bother going to Immigration New Zealand.
The Right Wing Resistance agenda is about as reprehensible as it gets. Nevertheless, as long as they are not actually advocating defiance of the law, we must allow them their contemptuous little protest. Indeed, we are morally bound to defend their rights against the would-be thought police.
And as dirty as that can make you feel, it is simply the price of freedom.
But for what it's worth, I can safely report that this group does not have the organisational capabilities to pose much threat to non-fascist New Zealand.