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Europe is shifting to the Right

Europe is shifting to the Right


Candidates of the so-called “right” or even so-called “far right” are gaining support all over Europe. Because Europe’s political parties tend to be skewed somewhat to the left of ours, these terms don’t mean exactly what they would in this country, but the trend is clear.

Here’s how an article from Vox describes the gathering strength of these parties (although it insists on labeling them “xenophobic,” as though their attitude towards immigration is some sort of unjustified phobia):

Far-right parties like AfD are growing throughout Europe.

Der Spiegel has a nice map on this, showing the countries where far-right parties have a presence in parliament (yellow dots) or are actually part of the government (red dots). It turns out the xenophobic far right has surged in countries as diverse as Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands, and Hungary:


These parties have, in most cases, ridden the European refugee and migrant crisis to power. While Europeans have for some time been skeptical of migration, the huge surge in migrants last year has dramatically inflamed these sentiments — leading to a rise in the far right’s poll numbers. Italy’s Northern League, for example, is polling at four times what it was in 2013.

The rise of Donald Trump appears to be part of this world-wide Western movement, whether you regard him in other policy respects as closer to the right, the left, or as a mixture.

Certain other trends of the past have also seemed to arise in various places at once, whether or not they otherwise resemble this present one—for example, a movement to a very different type of small-government conservatism in the 80s with Reagan and Thatcher in charge, or for that matter the rise of fascism during the 1930s.

Movements that transcend a single nation usually occur because the same or at least similar forces are working on all the countries involved. In this case we don’t have to look very far for the answer: the genesis is the dreadful record of so many Western and especially Western European countries in recognizing the cultural and demographic threat that too much immigration (illegal or even at times legal) can pose, and the unwillingness of recent leaders to defend or even listen to those who are alarmed by it.

Instead, those people crying out against illegal immigration and for the defense of their own borders and cultural traditions have been demonized. So they have become angry both at the authorities’ policies and also at the nature and vehemence of the criticism those authorities and the MSM have directed their way.

I predict that if those in charge remain largely unresponsive, this movement will grow and become more angry and more willing and even eager to use violence to get its way.

[Featured Image: Marine LePen]

[Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.]


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legacyrepublican | March 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Hardly a surprise. Today, the news here in Paris has been driven by Islamic terrorist news. Istanbul and the capture of one of the ring leaders of the Nov. 13th attack here. No spinning this deadly reality.

Who are we kidding? There is no such thing as the right, only “far right” and “extremist.”

    Sunlight78 in reply to Same Same. | March 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I am an Independent Moderate Centerist but if I had to choose a side I would rather be right, far right than Left (Gits), Far Left (Intolerent Racist Facist-wannabes), or Left Extremists (Jack booted Thugs).

      Sunlight78 in reply to Sunlight78. | March 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Thinking more about this topic – I think I am starting to trend Right as well given the mess that has been occurring on the Left. I can’t stand intolerant racists no matter how they try to hide politically and it seems the Left is full to the brim with them. Plus I strongly support Israel and have a great deal of respect for BIBi which would automatically be against what the Left is preaching with their love/support of all things Islam including murder, rape, sex slaves, genocide, trying to get nuclear weapons, terrorism, pedophillia, and flat out mysogyny.

conservative tarheel | March 20, 2016 at 7:55 am

I hope the US follows suit … electing a conservative. (Cruz)
barring that .. I will take a Nationalist (Trump)
I pray that the left and hard left (Hillary and Bernie)
are left in the dustbin of history.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | March 20, 2016 at 8:15 am

I think you nailed it in that these parties are rising not only because of the economic and cultural consequences of immigration, but also because of how the Left campaigns against the opposition.

When the UK was on the cusp of having its elections last year, I read an interesting piece in the Daily Mail written by an older actor claiming he had been a strong Labour Party supporter his entire life but he had decided to vote Tory for the first time. He had become disgusted by the hateful disgusting rhetoric of the Labour Party. He saw the rhetoric coming from Tories as normal and civil. But in spewing their hate, Labour was accusing the Tories of being the hateful and divisive ones. The disconnect was too much for him.

This is not unique to the UK or America. I’ve noticed that the Left in countries with a “Western” tradition always accuses the opposition and people who are not part of their coalition of being hateful homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic, racist, etc. as a matter of course. And some people who had been on the Left are fed up with it.

Found the Daily Mail article before hitting send. Google is awesome.

Keep bringing in the ‘rapefugees’ and the thirty year old ‘high school kids’. Make sure women can’t walk to the grocery store or use the train station and yeah, Europe will keep ‘drifting’ right. If by drifting they mean driven relentlessly by the idiocy of Merkel and their accelerated cultural suicide policy.

You can only push a free people so far regarding the safety and well being of their women and children. We’ll know soon whether or not Europeans are really free. Free to throw off the awful invaders and their criminal enablers.

France and Germany’s response to Charlie Hebdo and the attempted train slaughter was to let in a million Muslims from war torn Syria.

The whole political establishment in Europe has to go,

buckeyeminuteman | March 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

When xenomorph face-suckers hatch from within and begin to feed on you, you have every right to be a xenophobe.

“I predict that if those in charge remain largely unresponsive, this movement will grow and become more angry and more willing and even eager to use violence to get its way.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Trump about Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam, who was captured in Belgium last week and is reportedly talking with investigators.

“Well you know he may be talking, but he’ll talk a lot faster with the torture,” Trump said, remarking that if he would have talked sooner, perhaps Tuesday’s attacks could have been prevented.

When Blitzer pointed out the military’s stated opposition to waterboarding, Trump surmised that they secretly supported it and only said that they opposed it for political reasons. “I think they’re told to say that politically. I believe in it 100 percent,” he declared.

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Some observations…

1. T-rump concedes that “water-boarding IS TORTURE”. Many of us have NEVER made that concession. But T-rump HAS.

2. T-rump ADVOCATES willy-nilly use of TORTURE as HE uses the term. Many of us have NEVER made that assertion, while we DO advocate that “extraordinary means of interrogation” are SOMETIMES…and RARELY…legitimate.

3. NOBODY here who supports Der Donald has EVER dissembled from his pro-torture positions.

We have to decide who we are. T-rumpian ANTI-Constitution supporters OR Constitution-based republicans (see the small ‘r’…???)?

Der Donald is a Wilsonian Collectivist thug PLAYING at being a “Republican”. He’s a fraud, liar, and a danger to our republic.