Mladina Warns on Right-Wing Extremism in Slovenia

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Slovenia is the only country on the territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire not ruled by the radical right. 

STA, February 9, 2018 - Mladina argues in Friday's commentary that social insecurity driven by neoliberalism is at the core of the rising nationalism and fascism which has engulfed much of Central and Eastern Europe.

Slovenia is the only country on the territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire not ruled by the radical right - yet. But the extreme right keeps winning again and again, and the answer why it is winning is not that people are nationalists or racists and hence susceptible to hate.

The paper quotes Austrian anti-fascist Robert Eiter as arguing that rightist extremism is being driven by a decay of society and solidarity, which is putting pressure on individuals.

But since capitalists are becoming increasingly anonymous, rendering it impossible for the people to single out the culprits, they turn their anger at those they think are taking away their work.

"Refugees of course, but not only them. In Austria, women, all those who think differently and critical thinkers are also being targeted. And of course Slavs, make no mistake about that" the magazine says.

True, there is only one party in Slovenia that is overtly racist and nationalist. But this is no consolation: except for the Left, all parties stand behind neoliberal capitalism - which is the cause of all these processes.

 

"This situation is the product of neoliberalism, which is causing people to feel socially insecure. And the people are reacting to it, in Austria or Slovenia. This is built into the system," Mladina concludes in an article titled Let's Get Ready.

Ljubljana, 9 February - Mladina argues in Friday's commentary that social insecurity driven by neoliberalism is at the core of the rising nationalism and fascism which has engulfed much of Central and Eastern Europe.

Slovenia is the only country on the territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire not ruled by the radical right - yet. But the extreme right keeps winning again and again, and the answer why it is winning is not that people are nationalists or racists and hence susceptible to hate.

The paper quotes Austrian anti-fascist Robert Eiter as arguing that rightist extremism is being driven by a decay of society and solidarity, which is putting pressure on individuals.

But since capitalists are becoming increasingly anonymous, rendering it impossible for the people to single out the culprits, they turn their anger at those they think are taking away their work.

"Refugees of course, but not only them. In Austria, women, all those who think differently and critical thinkers are also being targeted. And of course Slavs, make no mistake about that" the magazine says.

True, there is only one party in Slovenia that is overtly racist and nationalist. But this is no consolation: except for the Left, all parties stand behind neoliberal capitalism - which is the cause of all these processes.

"This situation is the product of neoliberalism, which is causing people to feel socially insecure. And the people are reacting to it, in Austria or Slovenia. This is built into the system," Mladina concludes in Let's Get Ready.

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