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Submitted by Jeffrey (United States), Jan 19, 2015 at 20:30

I largely agree with your analysis in this column, Daniel, although one must acknowledge that many of these parties are still supported by some unsavory elements with a radical right or fascist background. (Of course, the same is true of the left-leaning parties in Europe, which are supported by many a former sectarian Old and New leftist, including some who were previously affilated with violent extraparliamentary organizations).

Oddly enough, lots of current FN voters used to vote for the PCF, before the European left abandoned the Western working class and began looking to the "oppressed" in the Third World, including Muslims, for new "revolutionary subjects" to support. Moreover, if one speaks to genuine revolutionary fascists from fringe extraparliamentary groups, they consider the FN and the other parties you mentioned to be "bourgeois" sell-outs.

In any case, the Jobbik party, apart from having many other odious characteristics (like lots of other East European radical right parties), has actually adopted a pro-Muslim "pan-Turanian" ideology that glorifies the legacy of the Magyars. Hence it has been accused by its anti-Islamic and anti-Islamist counterparts of being part of the problem, as have the "Islam sympathizers" from certain neo-Eurasianist parties in Russia.

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How interesting to learn about Jobbik's ideology.

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