The Far Right universality

Conjoined with phrases such as “far right” are “nationalism” and “isolationism”; and, all of them have both cultural and economic definition. Apart from those who have been tirelessly bigoted for decades, the latest dilution of so-called liberal political policies has arisen following the flood of immigrants worldwide upon the map of the Western world. Pragmatically the immigration would appear to be a reasonable choice for those escaping their respective dominions; but, Western nations are increasingly abutting the morality of immigration with the more functional concerns of cost and transition, not to mention the reputed challenges to identity and religion. In the Western world the history of Islamophobia far precedes that of anti-Semitism (hence the popular support of Israel over Palestine); just as the Ukraine now trumps the Soviet Union (a prejudice which is now a staple in Brussels). Meanwhile in America the Republicans under Donald J. Trump perpetuate the utterly comical theme of communism and socialism in the face of now accepted entitlements to health and education as a governmental objective. As usual on the other side of the world the Chinese attempt to avoid what for them are superfluous issues by confining their allegiances putatively to business interests only (though the allure of autocracy is undeniable considering the inescapable uniformity of costumes worn by the citizens). There is also a good chance the Chinese are just watching the Western world dissolve as it (China) overtakes the planet (Africa and the Caribbean for starters). This looming adventure (frequently illustrated by nothing but hard work and quiet reserve) threatens the vulgar hedonism of the Western countries as a model for the Chinese.

Meanwhile in rural environments seemingly far removed from the complexity of urban living there are controversial matters arising especially in England where a conflict exists between those who support the “hunt” and those who do not. It too is a sensitive matter which also challenges the fabric of history and tradition (and perhaps even class distinction). I have always thought the British were hopelessly devoted to the class system.  Once again it is a reality and distinction which is difficult to contradict except over a martini at a cocktail party; otherwise it is in my opinion an inescapable truth.  In the United States of America and India, the class system seems to me to be working very well indeed.  Especially these days as the Republicans are doing what they can to destroy the liberal sand castles.

Nonetheless my vision of the future entails not further resilience among people but rather a Star Wars model of cooperation and variety. Basically change is inevitable.  Let’s face it, it is hardly a novel assertion; nor is it one which is easily disputed.  The impediments to change will not be intellectual, cultural or economic; rather the anchors will be those who avoid change itself – and perhaps even distinguish themselves by learning how to turn time backwards – neither of which is assured to accomplish anything but lethargy.