The schism of pro- and anti-Front National is grounded less and less in political differences. Instead, the conflict increasingly takes the form of a sheer political polarity. For FN supporters, the immigrant is the figure that is undermining French culture, through his unwillingness to respect the ways things are done. Immigrants don’t want to integrate; they don’t respect France.
Timidity in the face of barbarity. We’ve seen this pattern increasing across Europe as the 2015 wave of massive Muslim immigration has led to jihadist attacks and fear of attacks. Here was a case not so much of a specific threat as it was the native Dutch citizens deciding they simply didn’t want their elementary school children to experience an atmosphere of unease during a town Christmas festival.
In a sign the populist-right Front National’s presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is being taken extremely seriously by the French establishment, Les Républicains, party of former president Nicholas Sarkozy, has elected an outspoken Thatcherite to stand for the 2017 national election. Fillon is the author of the book Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism, has indicated his support for an anti-burkini law and embraces conservative economic views of working hours and pensions.
It’s fantastic: the naive, senseless hypocrisy of people feigning to possess the charity of Mother Theresa by simply verbalizing a political position. They propose to abolish national borders (and nation-states) and allow anyone and everyone to just float in, as if this is an undeniably loving action, instantly beatifying them as well as assuaging their chronic leftist guilt. Yet they continue to lock their doors at night and don’t want people loitering or pitching tents on their own property.
It was the worst election performance in history for the CDU in the Berlin state elections. “The fact that the anti-EU, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee AfD party could score such a high percentage of the poll in multi-cultural and ‘hip’ Berlin is an indication of how far Merkel has alienated voters with her refusal to change direction on the migrant issue.”
Wherever the world is going, it seems to be getting there faster than it was five years ago and much faster than it was ten years ago. But where are we heading to? Many observers of current events have ideas and predictions, but Matthew Bracken, author of Enemies Foreign and Domestic, has one of the most interesting takes of all.