Fascism is now ascendant across the West, particularly in Europe – a region known for keeping its fascism in check since WWII. Alas, in Italy and Sweden, they now have parties rooted in Nazi-style fascism. Of course, Poland and Hungary have already gone down this path, not to forget, other European countries, like Germany and France, are working hard to keep the fascists in check, but the power and influence is growing.
It’s critical we understand we don’t need to see a clean sweep of fascism across Europe before its impact ripples out and consumes the world. As discussed in some of the articles shared below, it was only a handful of countries in WWII that became fascist and it resulted in global war and destruction, so yes, it’s a very frightening reality.
Add Putin in the mix, the economic collapse we are witnessing, climate breakdown, and well, we are on a challenging path…. Definitely not the path we need to be on right now.
There are three articles I really want to encourage everyone to read – they’re at top of the global politics section below:
- The Battle For the Soul of the West
- Fascism Is Spreading — And It’s a Sign of Civilizational Collapse
- Opinion | Forget ‘polarization.’ The problem is right-wing extremism
The first two are written by Umair Haque, a member of the Thinkers50 “club” and someone I admire. He really lays out the challenge:
“The West — all of it — has a very serious, real, and immense problem now. The name of that problem is fascism, and the first step is admitting that there is a problem, which so far, the West is loath to do. And yet nothing less than the future of the West is at stake here. Why?
“The correct way to see nationalism-fascism — I hyphenate them for just that reason — is as a kind of death spiral. The death spiral goes like this. Nations begin to have problems — usually economic stagnation, high levels of personal debt, and people’s lives begin to feel precarious, desperate, and broken, as living standards decline.”
Well, we’re seeing that, right?
Another key sign of rising fascism is scapegoating, and boy we’ve seen that in recent years – immigrants, LGBTIQ+, foreigners, all the way through to women. It’s their fault that I’m suffering, and of course, we know this isn’t true. The failure of governments over decades, an economic system that doesn’t respect a finite planet, and the division politicians have built within our societies, have put us on this path.
There is no question this is a really challenging time for the news. But here’s the really important thing. As painful as this time is, if we turn away from it, the bad actors will continue to take us down a nationalistic, protectionist path. Towards a dystopia. And this is not good for any of us.
We need to face this time and work out how we can move through it together, as a global community, focusing on the transformational changes we must make to our societies, so the majority can live with safety and dignity. We must urgently address issues like extreme poverty, fuel poverty, food poverty, inflation and more. We must also demand our governments do not give up on green ambitions now that the time is hard! Climate action is imperative, and every delay means what we face is worse. We CAN NOT accept this.
We are not going back to normal. We cannot continue to grow our economies as we have done in the past, because our planet cannot sustain it, and if we try, the collapse will accelerate. It is time for radical change, and we need to get our heads around this. We must accept what needs to change, in order for our children not to have to suffer unbearable lives.
A final point from Umair…
“Where does all this end? It doesn’t end well. We are now in what you might call the cresting phase of a fascist super-cycle. Fascism is now rising across the West….”
“The future of the West is very much in question. Ironically, that’s the same thing the fascists say. The Big Lie they used to seduce the increasing numbers of desperate masses to their side. It’s not under threat, though, from without. But from within. We should have learned the lesson a century ago. And yet here we are, again. Now, we’re in a battle for the soul of the West.”
“Enlightenment versus fascism, wisdom versus ignorance, truth versus lies, demagoguery versus democracy, Trumps in every nation, masses screeching in rage, hypnotized by Big Lies. The West stood for something once, and despite the cynics on the woke left, that thing was never just brutality, but the highest accomplishment of human civilization so far, which was social democracy. It’s in that sense that the battle for the soul of the West is lethally real. But to win it, to even fight it, first, the West has to admit it.”
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Climate Change Solutions with Neil deGrasse Tyson & Katharine Hayhoe
‘History is Calling’ via The Monkeys, part of Accenture Song tks Kerrie Phipps
Comprehensive Evidence Implies a Higher Social Cost of CO2 tks Mark Mulkerin
Old volcanoes, big energy tks Kevin Cottam
Super Typhoon Noru hits the Philippines forcing thousands to flee
Typhoon Noru: Five dead in Philippines – BBC News
Revealed: 5,000 empty ‘ghost flights’ in UK since 2019, data shows tks Kevin Cottam
What Will Earth Look Like When These 6 Tipping Points Hit?
Why the horrific heatwave in China matters to you
Anonymous Message To Iranian President
Business and technology
Phuket real estate shifts tide in wake of urban flight tks Edgar Toral
Social issues and humanity
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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