If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next is a song by the Manic Street Preachers, a Welsh indie band. I've read somewhere that it was a quote from an Welsh man who went to fight alongside the anti-fascist fighters in the Spanish Civil War. This is reinforced by a line in the song:

If I can shoot rabbits, I can shoot fascists.

Who was this?

  • I don't have enough rep to edit, but the title question has one "from" too many. – phoog Nov 29 '20 at 0:04

During the Spanish Civil War the phrase appeared on a Republican propaganda poster directed at Britons and meant as an appellation to the British government to actively get involved in the Spanish conflict in order to stop the killing of civilians and the spread of fascism. The quote is probably written by Timothy Harrington, born in Wales, who left London for Spain in April 1937 to join the war.

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