Europe's Political Turmoil (Part I)
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/11/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23417
Far-right parties are gaining ground all over Europe scapegoating immigrants and people of colour. The radical left has not come up with a competitive strategy for winning people over.
Mainstream commentators are continually asking, "Has the far right peaked?" Their generally superficial analyses rarely give any reason to suppose it has done so yet.
Analyses usually concede that far right gains reflect suffering by broad swathes of the population, especially after the economic crisis that broke out in 2007-8. The pundits wring their hands a bit about the realities that European societies are steadily growing more unequal and that wages continue to lag behind profits.
Some even admit that the problem didnt start in 2007. Many regions that were once Europe's industrial heartlands have been social wastelands for decades. The devastating effects of Margaret Thatcher's first policies were felt in the 1980s in the North of England - a region where Brexit won a solid majority in 2016.
However, the cracks in the establishments neoliberal consensus after 2008 were short-lived. Its offensive soon gathered steam again.