Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson today mounted an extraordinary defence of armed protection officers after the worst Royal security blunder in a generation.Sir Paul has forgotten his history, possibly intentionally. The rise of fascism was spurred on my the sense of lawlessness and collapse of legitimacy in the ruling order following the end of the Great War. Street gangs fought state law enforcement, and each other. The majority increasingly kept their heads down, as the state showed itself increasingly unwilling - or unable - to establish and keep order.
Sir Paul hailed the 'enormous restraint' of the team guarding Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, implying the rioters were lucky not to have been shot.
Camilla was left terrified as their Rolls Royce came under fire from a snarling mob of student fees rioters as it made its way to the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.
The car was kicked, rocked and hit with paint bombs as up to 20 demonstrators attacked it and chanted 'Off with their heads!' and 'Tory scum', leaving the couple visibly shaken.
The man in uniform standing next to Adolf Hitler is Generalquartiermeister Erich Ludendorff, very nearly the victor in the last great German campaign in 1918. Hitler had one of the biggest and toughest street gangs around, and an ideology of social control over much of society. Sensing that the time was ripe, he looked for someone to add a veneer of respectability to his bully boy organization. Ludendorff fit the bill.
Of course, the Beer Hall Putsch failed miserably. Even as weak and decadent a state as the Weimar Republic rounded up his gang. But it was too weak to do much about things. Hitler was sent to prison, but it was all but a slap on the wrist. Not only did he become a celebrity, receiving many visitors in his cell, but he wrote his notorious polemic Mein Kampf while behind bars. Ten years later, he was Chancellor.
Europe has been sliding into chaos for a long time. Large parts of Paris - the banlieus, or housing projects - are effectively no-go areas, where the police dare not enter. Tens of thousands of cars are burned each year. In the UK, the population has been disarmed, while the police and courts refuse to do anything about a wave of "hot burglaries" - break-ins that occur while the residents are at home. The sense of lawlessness is palpable. People keep their heads down. The Ruling Class increasingly is seen to have no legitimacy.
Now the heir to the throne is attacked in the street by a mob. The streets belong to the gangs, from Malmo to Southend to Marseille. The gangs are motivated by ideology - the socialist welfare state, in the case of the yobs who attacked HRH Prince Charles' car; radical Islam in the case of the banlieus.
Hitler would not have been possible without a great adversary. His German National Socialism was a counter to the International Socialism offered by the Socialist International, run from Moscow. His posturing as the defender of the old social order rallied the vast uncommitted middle to his side, or at least enough to tip the balance.
I said a while back that it was a short, half-step sideways for Europe to go from Fascism to Transnational Progressivism. It will only be a short half-step back.
All that the European countries lack is a charismatic leader. The current European Ruling Class - including Sir Paul - refuse to do anything to correct the tailspin that society finds itself in. Society is going to reach a point where they insist that someone - anyone - do something about it.
Read the criticism that Sir Paul finds himself under. Ask yourself if the next time, shots will be fired. Ask yourself what will happen after the gunfire stops. It's said that fascism is always descending on America, but always landing in Europe.