In places like eastern Europe we are seeing a stronger response from what used to be fringe groups. France has its own nationalist party under Marine Le Pen and even after Brexit you began to see chest beating among Britons who pined for a more monolithic culture before their emerald isle was invaded by foreigners.
The United States under that insufferable windbag Donald Trump is now appealing to low brow sentiment through the smoke screen of blaming media, the courts and immigrants for the nation’s malady. Let's recall that Hitler’s early foray into power saw the same attempts at discrediting the Jewish media and indeed chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels was charged with the campaign to undermine their credibility. Hitler also set up a people's court once he began to see that rulings were not going his way.
Starting to see the parallels?
But while fascism the way it once was may not see a return, we are seeing signs that democracy is under attack. Not that true democracies actually exist mind you, just that the current flawed models are being challenged.
In the United States it’s income disparity and unfairness that threatens the country's health and Trump will ravage the base that helped propel him to power by applying the principles dear to the hearts of conservatives. As the ruling elite of both parties line their pockets the disenfranchised will eventually realise that they are being duped and even the jingoistic Trump rallies won’t be enough to mask the reality that America is actually an unbalanced oligarchy. Even his intellectually challenged base will get the message.
By the end of Trump's tenure, I am counting on the intelligent and tech savvy millennials to see through the charade and use their country’s constitutional protections to remake the country in proper fashion.
The carnage that this idiot president will most assuredly leave behind will hopefully be sufficient argument to try a better form of governing; one that actually looks after the needs of the populace.
Secular Talk's Kyle Kulinski is one of those Millenials who is really pissed and for good reason....