Interesting discussion on Radio 4 (programme started 9am, ostensibly about Dresden, comments towards the end of the programme) with regard to the paradoxical internationalisation of nationalism that is designed to ‘brand cleanse’ and normalise extreme far-right ideology, including in Germany, but in many other places across the continent and the globe.
Contributors state this is happening on a scale we couldn’t have previously imagined involving all sorts of trans-national players, including The Kremlin’s influence on elections in other countries, resulting in massive trans-national toxic sub-cultures using tech-savvy to spread their extreme ideology using algorithmic targeting across socal media to recruit support and shift the socio-political backdrop.
The main point I take from it is they state that such movements don’t just happen without those who believe it helps them attain power, or weaken perceived enemies or competition, purposely and systematically stoking the more ugly side of human nature.
… followed by a programme that starts with the statement that ‘racism is being expressed in public more openly today than at any time I can recall’.
A direct result of the above forces, I believe, that also resulted in swinging the Brexit vote.