From the New York Times’ op-ed page:
How the Far Right Became Europe’s New Normal
It was a scandal when a far-right party entered government two decades ago. Now it’s just routine. What happened?
By K. Biswas
Mr. Biswas is a critic.
But does Mr. Biswas have a house?
Feb. 4, 2020, 1:00 a.m. ET
… But far-right parties don’t need to win elections to see their agenda carried out. After the financial crisis, the governments of Europe almost universally adopted bullish positions on immigration
Bearish positions on immigration
, binding the issue with concerns around
Back in the 1980s, everything was about the word “about.” Performance artists like Laurie Anderson were always saying things like: My art is about art that is about art. But now the word “about ” is being phased out in favor of “around.” In 2055, it will be hip to replace “around” with “among.”
security, crime and benefits spending. In an age of austerity, “Natives First” policies are widely seen as economic common sense, championed by everyone from Denmark’s Social Democratic prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, to Italy’s previous deputy prime minister and leader of the League, Matteo Salvini. Against a cultural backdrop of virulent hostility toward the continent’s Muslim communities, campaigning on the ability to deny new arrivals essential privileges — from housing and health care to child care and welfare — can prove electorally beneficial.
Essential Privileges would be a good name for a Roxy Music tribute band.