Letter to The Editor - The real weakness of their ideology lies is in its disdain for the sacred
To The Age Kristy Campion seems oblivious to the fact that much of the ideology of the Right is based on realism and truth-telling ("What drives right-wing extremists?", 10/8). For example, democracy (as Plato noted) is not always in practice of admirable nature, while egalitarianism is unjust to high achievers and bad for society generally. Moreover, whites are entitled to feel fear that their collective identity and lifestyle is at risk. Nor are right-wing activists wrong to distrust corporations and to resent media censorship and no-platforming tactics used against them. Where the real weakness of their ideology lies is in its disdain for the sacred, its tendency towards authoritarianism and, most of all, its resort to violence. In that sense, deradicalisation is a reasonable response by society, but it must be accompanied by other kinds of social and political reform too.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave