François Hollande has moved a step closer to becoming the first Socialist president of France in a generation by beating the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, in the first round of elections. But the surprisingly high vote for the extreme-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, boosted the overall figures for the right and meant that the final runoff vote on 6 May remains on a knife edge. - guardian
Why am I not surprised. The clampdown on non-white difference via the banning of the hijab in certain locales in France would serve to the render the populace more amenable to the far-right given that the former action was presented as 'democratic'. It is, hence, not surprising that the divide between ‘being democratic’ and ‘being fascist’ or ‘being ethnocentric’ is being blurred, thus contributing to the rise of fascism in France, amongst other states.
And let's not forget how the formation of the EU, which is in itself racist in concept, would be another training ground for the rise of more fascist and racist tendencies - given that the idea of the EU favours white cross-immigration as opposed to non-white immigration from non-EU countries. In such a situation, the lack of jobs, etc, might very well bring about a backlash against those whom aren’t embraced by the EU, i.e. those from non-EU countries, thus instigating a retaliative backlash from the non-Whites that can further reinforce the former.
The benefits of an European union is itself accustoming the people to become oblivious to the far-right implications of the entire edifice, and diluting their appreciation of the clear distinctions between right and left.People are generally going to identify and move against people whom can more easily be excluded, i.e. non-EU immigrants or workers, then those whom have a legal right to be in the country, i.e. EU immigrants or workers. In the longer run, this might see a decline in the non-white population of the UK and the EU as a whole as the proportion of ‘whites’ increase over non-whites due to birth rates, etc. The benefits of an European union is itself accustoming the people to become oblivious to the far-right implications of the entire edifice, and diluting their appreciation of the clear distinctions between right and left.
Given this, amongst other socio-economic causes, are we to be surprised that fascism appears to be on the rise in quite a few western states?