Michael Schaus

I never knew that horticulture was such an offensive field of study. According to some leftist professor (who is likely addicted to feeling like a victim), a local gardening show is promoting racism, fascism, and nationalism. Cordials, rhododendrons, and roses are apparently part of some vast Nazi conspiracy in England.

Let’s back up for just a second… Dr. Ben Pitcher, a lecturer in sociology at the University of Westminster, is claiming that a local British gardening show is actually a dog whistle for genocidal nationalist racism. And, no, I’m not making this up. Our friendly British professor has officially helped the politically-correct crowd jump the multiculturalist shark. According to the Telegraph.co.uk:

Dr. Ben Pitcher claimed the programme’s regular discussions on soil purity and non-native species promoted nationalist and fascist beliefs. Speaking on another Radio 4 programme, Thinking Allowed, the academic said: “[the gardening show] is not the most controversial show on Radio 4, and yet it is layered with, saturated with, racial meanings.

Whoa… And to think, this whole time most people thought a show about growing a backyard tomato plant was harmless! Little did we know that these “gardeners” were really planting the seeds of fascist discontent. (See what I did there? Punny, right?) But wait! Absurdity like this can’t possibly be contained to a single utterance:

“The context here is the rise of nationalism. The rise of racist and fascist parties across Europe. Nationalism is about shoring up a fantasy of national integrity. My question is, what feeds nationalism? What makes nationalism powerful?” Dr. Pitcher said the “crisis in white identity in multicultural Britain” meant people felt unable to express their views for fear of being called racist, so expressed their racial identity in other ways, such as talking about gardening.


Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a former talk show host and political activist. Having worked in fields ranging from construction to financial investment, his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.