Some are asking with manifest unease if this will be the year of the far-right populists like Dutch Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen of France and Frauke Petry of the German Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). The first test will be in Holland on March 15 followed by another nail-biter in France on April 23 and May 7.
Wilders doesn’t hide his hatred for Moroccans by calling them in the video below “scum.”
Emboldened by US President Donald Trump, the far-right in Europe believes that it’s now or never as far as elections are concerned.
But there is a problem: What about if Trump’s chaotic and volatile style of leadership scares voters away in Europe from voting for people like Wilders, Le Pen never mind AfD and possibly in 2018 for Italy’s Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement?
One may rightly ask how is it possible that an Islamophobic politician like Wilders is the favorite to win in March after being sentenced in December for hate speech? How can he be accused of calling Moroccan migrants “scum” and still be popular with the voters?
Could the answer to that question be that our society has done dear too little to address racism and bigotry after World War 2? Is the problem white people who, in vast majority, are enforcing and sentencing others for hate speech and crime?
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Brexit and the rise of anti-immigration politicians in Europe and elsewhere like in the United States are examples of our shameful hypocrisy. If there is a silver lining in this chaotic period, it’s the fact that there are more of us Others today.
Dictators like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and others rose during a time where there was no social media and when the country could be turned off like a light switch from the outside world. Keeping people in the dark was relatively easy.
We all know through history that an independent media and judiciary are insurance to keep in check power-hungry authoritarian politicians.
It’s no coincidence that Trump and others of his political ilk despise and want to destroy the media and judiciary.
In Europe it is the same story with out far-right politicians.
If we don’t succeed at challenging this political menace, and there is no reason to believe that we wouldn’t, the outcome will be war and destruction.
Dust off a history book and read what happened in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century. In those pages you’ll find everything including two shameless culprits, hypocrisy and denial, happily married rooting us on to our own destruction.
How can we live in a society where those new rulers are hellbent on destroying the humble civil rights gains we’ve made in the past?
I doubt and hope that we won’t take what is happening sitting down.