September 19, 2007


A Growing Isolationist Trend? (Carlos Alberto Montaner, 9/19/07, Real Clear Politics)

There are two ways in which certain U.S. politicians, Democrat and Republican, most resemble the European ultra-right: their rejection of immigrants and their condemnation of free international trade.

Those causes are defended in France by Jean-Marie Le Pen, in Germany by Peter Malborn, in Italy by Roberto Fiore and in Austria by Jorg Haider, all of whom have been accused by the left of being fascists.

Those causes also bring along a rich electoral booty. They are usually very popular and enjoy the support of an odd combination of conservatives, labor unions and naive members of the middle-class who are frightened by the growing ethnic diversity.

They don't win many elections though, even in nationalist societies.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2007 9:59 AM
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