How dangerous is radicalism,extremism and fundamentalism?
With Julius Malema expelled from the ANC for what could be called his extremist views,should we pay any attention to any potentially,objectionable, de facto radicals and far -right extremist visiting News forums like News24 when posting their comments?
As both an over-and under-estimated public enemy number one in equal measures,Julius Malema with his barbwire personality had the genius way to know just how and when to grab the news headlines. However,when open-minded media people interviewed him on the rare occasion,they found Malema to be a formidable debater and also not a fool or a halfwit goose,but someone with a specific agenda and goal that's built around nationalisation and the seizure of white-owned land and property.
Now what about the extremist,radical side of all this? Let's look at Europe for example. Other example do exist in non-European countries too,but I'll focus on Europe primarily,with Norway's Anders Behring Breivik reportedly been charged with terror activity and murder just yesterday.
Over the last five years,Austria, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden had seen major far right resurgencies.Wierd as that seems,but these very countries are supposed to be the bastions of civilized Europe. Extremist in these European countries have made unprecedented electoral successes in recent years with many disgruntled far-right street movements of young men and women you have not seen the likes of for nearly a generation in expressing their views on busy boulevards and plazas.
Should we be worried? With the attacks and killings in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik,I'd say yes to that question. There are large numbers of South African people living and working in these very countries,who are seen as just another foreigner living and working in their country from abroad,and suddenly our precarious situation becomes een worse of an alert call to a new and deadly threat on civilized society by an extremist individual.
Do far-right extremism equate political violence? Any right-wing group comes under great scrutiny, and they are a political and security concern. Therefore governments are likely to re-examine cases for proscribing some of them as a likely threat.
Political extreme right-wing activist and their sympathizers across Europe have become very palatable over the past 10 years or so. The old school overt racism and the screaming at the top of ones voice type nationalism had been replaced by a more defiant,belligerent,warlike,hostile,aggressive and rapacious in their defence of national culture,pride,identity and history in a world that is fast changing to include secularism,democracy,liberty and multiculturalism.
Far-right parties and groups in Europe have been good at saying that modern globalization hasn't benefited any of them and that mass immigration from poorer countries into theirs is a real threat to their local and national identity. Sadly they are responding to genuine concerns of many voters in Europe.
Extremist like Geert Wilder's Freedom Party in Holland/the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen's Front National in France have expertly shown up mainstream political parties as "spineless, soft-boiled, venal, self-serving,corrupt,incompetent slaves to political correctness and orthodoxy on events like the Euro banking bailouts of Greece, the euro zone crisis, and the News International hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch,gives credibility to the view that mainstream politicians are indeed out of touch with reality and ordinary people.
Mixed with populism and far-right ideas,the use of powerful historical and cultural events as their anchor points,such as popular saings of the great bygone philosophers and the waving of old,national flags from yesteryear has meant new alliances are more and more being made each day between these fundamentalist groups and ordinary folk.
Thilo Sarrazin,a former board member on the Deutsche Bundesbank and now author of the book "Germany Does Away With Itself or Germany Abolishes Itself",wrote of Germany's failure in multiculturalism and that Germany was sleepwalking into its own abyss. He was widely praised by the Danish far-right organization that described him as the perfect model atheist Marxist to all of them.
Far-right movers are doing well in the most recent polls once again with Le Pen sitting pretty at third in the polls for the 2012 French presidential elections and Wilders's Freedom Party being the third-largest party in the Netherlands.
In Finland,the True Finns party and Denmark's People's Party is all going good thus far in the polls aswell,so does Sweden's nationalist Sverigedemokraterna,all securing their best-ever electoral results over the past 18 months.In Germany's and Austria's the far-right parties are making headway too and the Jobbik party in Hungary with them having a lead of 42 percent of support during their most recent elections.
At least it seems that a large chunk of European voters are clearly impressed by these hardliners.Worrying times ahead?
Former US President,John F. Kennedy, once said:"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.”
Would you agree with Kennedy on that or not?