On The Root Cause Of Race Hate and The Far-Right ... Stupidity.

We've been musing recently on why a certain percentage of Ukip 'persons' seem so determined to stick to their views despite the overwhelming mountain of evidence against them.

Point to actual data on the relatively few number of migrants coming to the UK ... and they still claim "They're ALL coming over here and WE'RE TOO FULL!"

Show them the proportional crime statistics or lesser benefits claims of migrants compared with British-born ... yet they wail "They're all criminals and rapists and claiming ALL our BENEFITS while STEALING our JOBS!"

Hold charts of all the proven benefits of EU membership and the almost certain economic turmoil of leaving ... but they'll parrot out the old "Yeah but it's UNDEMOCRATIC RED TAPE. And UNELECTED something. I dunno. But it's EUSSR!"

Point to the long, long list of documented racist, homophobic, islamophobic hate within their party ... but they'll still cry "But it happens in EVERY Party it's just the tiny several HUNDRED cases in Ukip that the LIBLABCON Media focus on, innit!"

Ukip supporters uniquely seem to be unable to hold an evidence-based discussion - and it's because their position is not based on evidence, or fact, or data.

The Great Britain that Ukip-pers
dream of when they go to sleep.
It's based on something entirely ephemeral - a vision they have of a return to a Great Britain that has never really existed outside a Miss Marple episode.

They live forever in a self reinforcing hate bubble. They read the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and The Sun .. and few other, if any, newspapers.

They follow Social Media accounts only of those persons and organisations who's views match their own - and only those accounts, no others.

Get into a discussion with them and point them to proof, they either wail 'media conspiracy', change the thread entirely, or disappear.

After many years experience, we can only put it down to two things.

They're either stupid or evil.

We're gonna go with mostly stupid. Can there be any other possible explanation why they insist on holding their ground against a tsunami of evidence that they're wrong?

It can only be stupidity.

We know, from demographics, that Ukip supporters / Brexit voters are less well educated than other voters. In fact, a 'degree' seems to be the threshold point. But many studies in the past have indicated that in general, those who follow a Race Hate / Right Wing path are, as a rule, less educated than the average population.

If education teaches you one thing it's this: When faced with overwhelming proof that you are wrong, suck it up.

What sparked our musings was coming across the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident, who was executed by the Gestapo in 1945. One of the very, very few men in the Christian Church who actually spoke out against Hitler.

Bonhoeffer was surrounded by the evil of Nazi Germany. Yet he realized that the greater threat to “the good” wasn’t plainly obvious evil, but the susceptibility of a certain segment of the population to propaganda. He calls these people “stupid” a term that may seem rather harsh to our 21st century ears. We might call them ignorant, the easily misguided, but “stupid” is still the truth.

He actually wrote this, on the subject of Stupidity in Politics, from a German Jail after being imprisoned by the Nazis:

Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice.
One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease.
Against stupidity we are defenseless; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgement simply need not be believed – in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental.
In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack.
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters & Papers from Prison, 1943)

How familiar that all sounds to us, 70 years later.