Things are moving incredibly quickly in Europe, something that I hadn’t necessarily anticipated. There is a growing divide between the east and west portions of the continent which I briefly touched on in my Social Matter article last week, Juncker’s High Time-Preference Gambit. Whether we’re talking about Hungary, which is currently erecting an iron curtain against roaming migrants, or countries which really don’t have an immigration problem at all (Poland, Slovakia, or the Czech Republic), an anti-Western consensus is building. Although the hordes from North Africa and the Middle East do not want to settle in Eastern Europe, these nations feel a responsibility to keep them out of the whole continent and must look upon their white brethren in Germany and Austria as madmen. Do they not recall the siege of Vienna, the Ottomon Empire… heck, even the Madrid bombings or 7/7?
The answer is of course, no. Eastern Europeans have something in common with Arabs in the fact that both have a keen national-historical memory. A few hundred years isn’t that long ago for them. Westerners meanwhile have trouble remembering what the big news story was last week.
The first electoral test of this divide manifested itself in Greece this past Sunday where once again the ‘social-nationalists’ of Golden Dawn participated and performed above expectations, retaining their position as the country’s third party, gaining another seat in the parliament, doubling their support on the migrant-strangled islands of Lesbos and Kos, and in an astonishing turn of events, winning the unemployed vote. As far as I am aware this is the first time the party has won a measured specific demographic. And this is even as its leaders are being tried in a kangaroo court for supposed murder, their state funding has been removed, and the results of another biting memorandum have not yet come into effect.
In the United States, the Donald Trump phenomena rolls on, with one-time nominee-in-waiting Scott Walker having to withdraw after his support plunged to a couple of Wisconsin trilobites. The Republican Party is of course having a predictable meltdown. Everyone should take a look at Dante’s de-balling of strategist Rick Wilson. Is it possible someone might actually break the American political system for good? I doubt it, but in the meantime it is a lot of fun to follow this burgeoning fiasco.