Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Science: Of Far-Right

A brilliant analysis of far-right parties' strategy and tactics in The Economist...

On the examples of Dutch PVV and US Tea Party we get an excellent explanation why such political groups use just such abrasive and confrontational language which infuriates pretty much everybody else. I'd recommend you read through the original article but, in short, this is what happens. A relatively small, vaguely unpopular, and politically more or less impotent group is insulted in ways that are close to, but not quite, racist, reminding of Nazis or similar. The attacked group itself may or may not protest, but what the far-right is waiting for is for a liberal or otherwise decent majority group to call them "racist" or "Nazi". That is when they get to protest their innocence, and also homogenise their supporters (open or covert). A double-whammy, win-win scenario if ever there was one!

So, freedom and democracy lovers, next time you feel offended think twice how you respond...