[Marxism] Fwd: Germany and the Rise of a ‘Fascist International’

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 29 06:23:14 MDT 2017

A key connection between AfD and Trump, the UK Independence Party, and 
right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is their ad man, 
Vincent Harris. He’s responsible for the bikini and tire tracks ad 
campaigns. He’s adept at fusing anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, and 
race-baiting messages. But with one of his suggestions for the AfD, 
Harris went too far. The party rejected his suggestion of “Germany for 
Germans” as a campaign slogan. Perhaps it will resurface in the next 
election, if the so-called moderates abandon the party.

Finally, what would a modern election be without Russian interference?

In the lead-up to the election, several major newspapers noted that 
Russian involvement in the German vote was scant. Perhaps they spoke too 
soon. First to consider are the Russian speakers, those with German 
heritage who’ve relocated to Germany since the 1980s — the right kind of 
immigrants from AfD’s point of view. The AfD estimates that fully 
one-third of its support comes from this constituency, and it has helped 
the party become the second most popular one in former East Germany.

Then there was the obligatory visit to Moscow, as Petry made her 
pilgrimage last February and met with, among others, the truly 
beyond-the-pale politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky. As the election entered 
its last phase, the usual trolls and Twitter bots came out to play, at 
least some of them Russians supporting AfD.

Again, as with Trump, the Kremlin isn’t interested in promoting a 
particular party in the hopes that it will win or reorient the country’s 
foreign policy. It simply wants to shake up a status quo that it 
perceives as tilted against Russia.

full: http://fpif.org/germany-and-the-rise-of-a-fascist-international/

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