Here's What Canada Can Learn From Hamilton, Ont.'s Far-Right Problem - 2019-07-13
The modern fascism we see across Canada may be more decentralized than its historical iterations, but it still winds together authoritarianism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, corporatism and violence to fearmonger, scapegoat, dehumanize and displace marginalized people.
Fascist groups hijack existing right-wing populist movements — like the Yellow Vest group, which has inspired a local chapter in Hamilton — to extend their reach. They gain legitimacy when establishment right-wing parties blow the dog-whistle, believing they can pander for votes without losing control — like Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer uncritically praising the xenophobic "United We Roll" convoy.
Groups like Yellow Vests and Proud Boys recognize that the term "fascism" is a non-starter for most people. Instead, they engage widely in projection and gaslighting, insisting their beliefs are moderate and their opponents are the ones expressing intolerance. Likewise, they co-opt the language of rights to claim the people denouncing them and opposing their violence are the real fascists, feeding a "both sides" narrative in mainstream media that casts them as victims.