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Sat Sep 19, 2015, 06:15 AM

The right's display of Schadenfreude towards liberal Europeans in the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban doesn’t give a hoot about the refugees. He’s using them for his own purposes – to stir nationalist sentiments and historic hatred of Muslims – Hungary was under the Turkish rule for some 150 years until 1699. The Hungarians respond well to Orban’s belligerent nationalist rhetoric. His government has an overwhelming majority in parliament. An even more rabid party, Jobbik – whose platform revolves around a promise to kick the country’s sizable Roma minority out – is also quite popular.

In other countries with right-wing governments, the sentiment is depressingly similar. For instance in Russia, where President Vladimir Putin is enjoying an 86% support rating and seems set to rule for life. Or, more surprisingly, in Israel, where the Likud’s own Benjamin Netanyahu also looks like a lifelong leader.

In both countries, there has been undisguised display of Schadenfreude. Now those liberal Europeans, who have always counseled us so generously to behave better, will be hoisted on their own petards.

In this view, the Europeans will be overwhelmed by the ignorant and vicious Muslim hordes, they’ll suffer from terrorist attacks by jihadists, they’ll knock on Russia’s door begging it to let them move to Siberia, they’ll study Israel’s experience on how to keep those Muslims "in their place", etc.


http://www.theglobalist.com/visions-of-orwell-in-the-refugee-crisis/

Europe's right does seem to be benefitting from the refugee crisis and undoubtedly does enjoy watching liberal Europe try to deal with the largest flow of refugees since WWII.

Of course the right seems to benefit anytime there any problems in Europe or here. They thrive on, play up and hope for more economic and social difficulties for their societies so that people will look to them as a viable alternative. And it often works. Economic catastrophe in Greece has increased the popularity of Golden Dawn. The Charlie Hebdo attack plays into the hands of the French National Front.

As with domestic American politics, the question arises as to what liberals should do. Do we work to improve the planning and implementation of liberal policies in a complicated world? Or do we adopt the policies that the right promotes (often easy to express and understand - build a wall or kick/keep them all out) in order to keep the right from winning elections? I know which I prefer.

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Sat Sep 19, 2015, 06:25 AM

1. Well, they always assume their enemies misfortune will be their good luck.

Which is not the case.
We have been prone to make that error ourselves, now and then.
Actually it's a long list.

But anyway, that refugee crisis is going to be everybodies problem, you can put money on that, nobody is walking away.

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Sat Sep 19, 2015, 06:58 AM

2. In a just world, America would be taking in

most of the refugees. The countries who went to war with us in Iraq would be taking in the rest.

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Sat Sep 19, 2015, 07:09 AM

3. The USA should be accepting most of the asylum seekers.

The RW nationalists are quickly and steadily gaining power in europe, and it is fairly easy to understand why.

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