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Dec 6, 2016

Spectre of right-wing populism haunts Europe as Italy, Austria went to the polls

Like many other signs this year, particularly last month's US election, these twin events warn of a rising tide of xenophobic right-wing populism.

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Alexander Van der Bellen

Austrian President-Elect Alexander Van der Bellen

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  1. Charlie Chaplin

    I was watching a Danish crime show on Netflix the other night. It was set in 2006, there ws a severe beating, the msm all reported the culprits were a gang of immigrants, everyone accepted the explanation.
    I can remeber the Clintons talking about super predators in the early 90’s – they meant young males who were black or Hispanic.
    Our own PM is on the Muslim bashing bandwagon right now, so is Dutton. Dutton has never stopped. Turnbull has publicy supported Dutton and racist cartoonist, Bill Leak.
    Politicians all around the world have used racism to deflect criticism of the outcomes of their economic policies for decades, yet now they wring their hands and moan that the electorate are “racist”.
    They’ve reaped what they’ve sown but take no responsibility for it, instead blaming and denigrating the electorate.
    It sickens me.

    1. Charles Richardson

      Me too.

  2. Draco Houston

    “The idea was to streamline the process of government, making it easier to pass the sort of reforms that might overhaul Italy’s stagnant economy. But with authoritarian populism on the rise, this was not necessarily the best time to be dismantling safeguards (originally designed against a return of fascism) and allowing government to be less representative and less accountable.”

    So you think this would have been a fine idea if not for those scary voters? I’ll be taking anything you say about democratic values in the future with a grain of salt.

    1. Charles Richardson

      Sorry Draco, I can sort of see how you could interpret it that way, but I thought it would have been fairly obvious from what I said that I don’t think there’s ever a good time to make government “less representative and less accountable.” Perhaps I need to tone down the irony a bit in future.

  3. AR

    It wasn’t just “mainstream” Repugs who couldn’t support a Dem – a shedload of Dems couldn’t support la Klingon. She received fewer votes than BO in every cohort that has been examined. The Drumpfster didn’t win – she lost.
    So in Europe, the rabid Right isn’t winning so much as the louche Left just can’t be arsed anymore.

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