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The middle class is the surest remedy against political extremism

24 April 2014 / 20:04:56  GRReporter
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How to explain the "Norwegian mystery"? the Dutch activist with academic status asked a rhetorical question. "In Norway, there is still a strong welfare state, a small number of well-integrated immigrants and Anders Breivik attacked there, in 2011, the camp of the Workers' Party of Norway on the island of Utoya, shooting 69 young activists of Socialist Youth. The new discourse in Europe is linked to the emergence of a radical right wing that denies the very definition of it as "extreme right". For example, Marin Le Pen said she would condemn anyone who called her party far right. This is very dangerous talk because this discourse is perceived by the media, academic circles, governments and it legitimizes such parties."
The forms of resistance offered by Prof. Boeschoten must be initiated both at institutional level and at grassroots level, by the citizens. Such a discussion forum is the one created by the Greek parliamentary left SYRIZA party, namely "European antifascist manifesto" supported by celebrities and artists of international standing such as director Ken Loach and philosopher Etienne Balibar. From 13 March to 23 March, in the days around 22 March (the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Fascism and War), an antifascist festival of performing arts took place in Athens on the initiative of art groups for "opposition to the violent nazification of society". Ricky van Boeschoten gave as an example the activities of leftist activists in the Kipseli neighbourhood in Athens, which is one of the main battlefields of Golden Dawn because of the high percentage of immigrant population, in which oral history is used for mutual understanding and rapprochement of Greek immigrants and citizens, and the work at schools is another similar form. She stressed that for a long time the middle class has been the core of Greek society and the far right could exploit its shrinkage and disappearance if there were no left-wing alternatives.

Tags: Golden DawnNationalist and xenophobic partiesPolitical extremism in EuropeProfessor Ricky van Boeschoten
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