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Bigotry is hardly a value of western civilization.

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Submitted by BorisG, Feb 9, 2019 at 07:38

Austrian Jewish leaders say they oppose FPO because anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi views within the party have not subsided in recent years.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/its-up-to-israel-how-to-deal-with-far-right-party-austrian-jewish-leader-says/

More generally, bigotry is hardly a value of western civilization, even if its focus has shifted away from the Jews. Dr. Pipes acknowledges that some (nearly all) of these parties harbor and practice bigotry and xenophobia, but hopes that these are in decline. I don't see this happening. On the contrary, some of these people are emboldened in their bigoted views by their electoral success.

Hope is not enough. One must ask WHY their common (and correct) opposition to uncontrolled immigration and Islamism is almost universally accompanied by significant xenophobic, anti-democratic and pro-Putin views. My hypothesis: because they see Putin as a conservative and aggressive ultra-nationalist, and hostile to the Western European liberal establishment, just like them. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Civilizationist parties make me uneasy, but... [134 words]JanMar 14, 2019 15:27248390
"Nationalism" is a better Term than "civilizationist" [1135 words]RobertFeb 22, 2019 14:36247898
Hard to understand [16 words]AlbertE.Feb 19, 2019 20:50247845
Bigotry is hardly a value of western civilization. [147 words]BorisGFeb 9, 2019 07:38247619
European Jews are in danger if they say the thruth about Israël and Islamism [76 words]amos zotJan 29, 2019 04:14247407
I would say these political movements are not primarily about preserving civilization per se [183 words]Anon.Jan 28, 2019 14:17247396
1Thanks for the term civilizationist [107 words]Lorenz GudeJan 28, 2019 03:43247388
holocaust no. 2 [113 words]John BlackmanJan 27, 2019 19:16247382
The German foreign minister laid a wreath on Arafat's tomb a couple of years ago. [4 words]Anon.Jan 27, 2019 16:26247381
German foreign minister's amnesia and confusion after 1972 [38 words]mythJan 31, 2019 12:21247381
He should have let his dog pay his respects. [67 words]AnonFeb 2, 2019 19:09247381
1Europe's Jews vs. Israel [78 words]WalterJan 27, 2019 15:51247379
Historical Inertia, Projection and Ignorance Hobble Diaspora Jews [221 words]DaveJan 27, 2019 14:22247378
What if both sides are right? [88 words]Jeffrey SheffJan 27, 2019 14:18247377
Civilizationist Parties [122 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
LarryJan 27, 2019 13:23247375
Who Decides for the Jewish People - European Jewish populations or the Israeli citizen? [291 words]MToveyJan 28, 2019 17:26247375
2Globalists vs.Nationalists: The New World War? (Is Globalism the New Communism???) [272 words]G MarcusJan 27, 2019 13:00247374

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