Rechtsrutsch: The Far Right Is Quietly Making Massive Gains in Europe
This is very troubling news.
In 2010, one of the [Austiran] party’s slogans was “mehr mut für unser Wiener blut,” or “more courage for our Viennese blood.”European nationalist parties are enjoying a worrying surge of support on the back of the continent’s migrant crisis, a development that has been largely overlooked.
The rise of far-right parties in Europe — like the Front National in France or Golden Dawn in Greece — has been a major story over the last few years, but recent developments have received much less attention even though their gains have been more dramatic. […]
Few people pay attention to Swiss elections, and most people can’t name the country’s political leaders. Since most major decisions go to referendums, either at the national or local level, there’s not quite as much for legislators to do. But this weekend the populist and right-wing Swiss People’s Party won 29.4% of the vote, the largest proportion ever, after a campaign that focused on migration. According to the BBC it is being referred to as a “rechtsrutsch,” or a slide to the right.
The Swiss People’s Party is perhaps known best internationally for its use of pretty openly racist posters.
In Austria, there’s been quiet momentum behind the far-right Freedom Party too. In late September, the party nudged the mainstream centre-left party out of second place in a state elections in Upper Austria. In 2010, one of the party’s slogans was “mehr mut für unser Wiener blut,” or “more courage for our Viennese blood.” […]
Like Swiss federal elections, it’s reasonable to assume many people aren’t paying attention to Austrian regional elections. But the strength of the far right doesn’t end there.
In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders’ PVV is 18 points ahead of the governing VVD in the latest polls. Marine Le Pen’s National Front leads in most polls in France. In Italy, Matteo Salvini’s Northern League is riding high. […]
There’s also this little tidbit:
The parties appeal to feelings of insecurity and instability, as well as a perception that control is being wrestled away from the institutions they know and understand, co-opted by distant and sneering cosmopolitan bureaucrats. Their way of life has been put under pressure and the people in charge basically don’t care.
Sound familiar? Yep, it sounds exactly like the Tea Party and many (if not most) of the contenders for the GOP nomination for president in 2016.
I strongly suggest reading the entire article as it covers not only Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy, but also Denmark and Sweden. It can happen and is happening here in the U.S. too.
Note that last week the Wall Street Journal posted an op-ed penned by Salvini, Le Pen, Wilders and Christian-Stache. Yes, a once respected American newspaper is giving these loathsome throwbacks a platform from which to disseminate their xenophobic, fear mongering, bigoted ideology. As far as I’m concerned the WSJ is now only suitable for lining a bird’s cage. Thanks, News Corp.
This isn’t just U.S. or Europe, it’s all over the place. It’s heartening to see that Canada seems to have come to its senses after 10 years. That said, yesterday Breibart London was promoting the “peaceful” PEGIDA, Marine Le Pen’s National Front and Geert Wilders who, in addition to his own right-wing PVV, is today launching an anti-Islam party in Australia in a secret location (see links below).
This cancer is every bit as deadly to our way of life as any of the radical Islamists, with whom these parties have quite a bit in common if you look closely enough. These groups are neither centrist nor conservative—they’re radical to the core