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The Far Right Grows in Europe: The Aftermath of Austerity

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Extreme financial crisis often leads to the rise of extreme right wing groups, hatred of immigrants, and a fascists mentality. The world had seen this before.

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Kit B. (276)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:15 am

This video is an introduction to what is rarely talked about. The symbol above is used by the Golden Dawn in Greece, one of the most out spoken fascists groups, but as you will see this is not limited to Greece. Fascism is growing across Europe. I believe there are many haunting specters from the past. There are shades of this happening right in the United States. Even easy going Canada has a growing extreme right wing.

JL A. (287)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:31 am
Important warning--those in power seek to divide those they are conquering so they fight each other instead of those in power and this is evidence of the effectiveness of the division in today's world.You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.

Nyack Clancy (540)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:51 am
Just buy way of mentioning the Symbol- is called the Greek Key. (or Greek Lines, also a Meander)

The Greek key pattern has its origins in the construction of the palace, the Labyrinth, in ancient Greek mythology. The Explore Crete website reports the Labyrinth was constructed to act as a prison for the Minotaur, a human with the head of a bull.

In Ancient Greek Art-


Nyack Clancy (540)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:54 am
I mention that, because you may see it frequently in art- but its origins in meaning have nothing to do with the Golden Dawn political party

Kit B. (276)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:59 am

Actually it is the one of the current symbols of the Golden Dawn political party, I took that from their web site. It is Greek in origin and just happens to remind people of the party Golden Dawn is emulating.

Nyack Clancy (540)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:05 am
Yes- I understand that they are using this symbol- but this symbol can be found throughout ancient Greek (and Roman) if they see it in Rome of antiquity, they should not assume it has something to do with the Golden Dawn Party.

Nyack Clancy (540)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:08 am
Meanders and key patterns are today closely associated with Greek art and architecture. In the formalized Orders of architecture the meander motif was assigned to flat vertical surfaces. In the eighteenth-century European revival of interest in classical Greece as a source of ornament, it was the in the meander and key patterns which, above all others, signified Greek style and taste.

It is generally accepted that the name of the motif [meander] refers to the winding river Meander in Anatolia, Turkey... The connection with water perhaps persists in Roman times, when the motif is frequently used on mosaic floors in bath houses.With few exceptions, these motifs carry no symbolic messages in Greek andRoman art.

In Greek vase painting of the fifth century BC, however, the meander became associated with a popular story drawn from the legends concerning King Minos of Crete, the story of Theseus slaying the Minotaur and finding his way in and out of the labyrinth. In these representations Theseus and the Minotaur - part bull, part man - are shown as realistic figures, while the Labyrinth is often indicated by a simple meander border, attached to a door post or pillar representing the entrance. In these scenes, therefore, the meander border became the conventional sign or ideogram for the Labyrinth.

- British Museum Pattern Books: Roman Designs, by Eva Wilson, 1999, p. 12.

Kit B. (276)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:26 am

No question about the Greek origins, if it were not the Golden Dawn would not have used it, their message is not just right wing, but that of the PURE Greek.

Michael Kirkby (90)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:22 am
You do realize that the Golden Dawn was an occult order of which one Alistair Crowley was a member as was Madame Blavatsky. Blavatsky went on to found the Theosophical Society which gave birth to the Lucifer Trust or as it's called today, the Lucius Trust which the Rockefellers have long managed. Many politicians, religious people and big business men were members of the Golden Dawn. We should not be surprised today that there is an occult aspect to this.
Crowley went on to found OTO which in California included genius propulsion engineer Alan Parsons and yes, L. Ron Hubbard who gave us that third rate science fiction cult we know as Scientology. Scientology also allegedly included Manson who was supposedly "cleared" while in prison. Out of Scientology also came the Four Ps; originally named the Process Church of the Final Judgment [see The Ultimate Evil]. These are the guys that used to walk around in the black hooded capes. When Manson was mouthing off about the Chignons and the Four Ps while in custody; he was visited by four large gentlemen in black capes. Manson shut up and never mentioned them again.
Today we see the rise of the neo Nazis and groups such as the one above sporting the symbol for the Golden Dawn. We should pay attention as those who are behind these actual groups are Luciferians who practice a bastardized form of Hegelian thesis, antithesis and synthesis. In other words they create all the suffering and problems we little people experience and then they create a foundation or charity to balance it with good works. It's sort of like Coke and Mickey Dees just to cite a few, who've been great contributors to the health problems we feel today by getting us to consume their unhealthy products. In conjunction with Big Pharma and Big Medicine more profit is realized by creating a new drug or through chemotherapy or cutting on you. So it is politically. The rise of the far right politically and socially is a deliberate attempt to destroy society by dividing and conquering; by destroying the economic fabric of each nation. Globalization, outsourcing and Corporatism have all decreased social services, manufacturing and economic well being by wealth redistribution under the guise of assisting developing nations, This has merely enriched the Big Six and their subsidiaries who are our governments even if only by proxy. The Fourth Reich that they seek to build through all of these agent provocateurs is nothing more than the conditioning of the general global populace to corporate slavery and global full spectrum dominance. Think Hitler and those gala political rallies in Berlin. Think Southern Baptists or Pentecostals and you have an idea of how powerful an ecstatic crowd all focused on a charismatic leader can be.
Just thinking about that worries me greatly.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:29 am
Noted but not surprised.

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:39 am
Divide and conquer is the world motto and it not new, but it is growing more and more destructive on every front. The word tolerance is now moot. Thanks Kit. That was a very interesting interview.

Jim Phillips (3200)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:50 am
Symbols have often changed throughout human history. What we are now
witnessing is, perhaps, a new meaning to an old symbol.

Remember the movie "The Da Vinci Code" where in the beginning of the movie is
a discussion of "symbols" and how its meaning has changed during the course of
human history.

Ty, Kit.

Divergent revolution (331)
Friday August 30, 2013, 11:09 am
Noted with disappointment,so much for the eu is so much smarter than us
after all they are people,and people are inherently flawed,so all the suffering makes them do the exact opposite of the right thing,,,when will people learn that there are always reprecussions to their actions?
thanks Kit

Mitchell D. (131)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:46 pm
Right wingers and fascists do not think about repercussions. The engage in Black and White thinking, and consider themselves to already "Know" the answers to everything.
I think that what happens, when we get into financial crises, people's guards go up, and they think only of protecting themselves, not realizing that real, long term solutions require input, and cooperation from everyone.

Ironically, the Greek financial crisis began because so many wealthy Greeks focused on hiding income,and avoiding taxes, so the gov't essentially went broke.

The wealthy, here, ought to take a lesson from this, as they keep putting their funds into overseas accounts and taking that money out of circulation, here, while they try to avoid paying the tiniest bit more in taxes.

S S. (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:06 pm
Thank you.

Mike M. (54)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:08 pm
There are plenty of fascists in America you see and hear more everyday and they are in or running for political offices That is scary. Next thing will be fascists groups from different regions fighting each other and all hell will be let lose

Lindsey O. (19)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:12 pm
Austerity does often bring out the worst in people (who so often are all in favor of cutting back on things that don't affect them personally but who often get somewhat snarky if they're included in the program.) And without doubt there are always those in power who are more than happy to use that dissatisfaction to promote their own agendas and often try to redirect the blame as a smokescreen.

Yvonne White (233)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:14 pm
Symbols, no matter how benign, can be co-opted & given new meanings - like the Swatstika... but this kind of de ja voo doo certainly does raise the ghosts of War mongering past!:( Forcing a "re-do" by recreating the "nostalgic atmosphere" is NOT smart!

GGmaSheila D. (175)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:30 pm
The rise of these extremist groups usually coincides with financial lows, high unemployment, frustration with government. Blame is usually placed on immigrants, on minorities, and/or on current government. This usually leaves a rather large opening and extremists slide in with out much opposition - at first. Sounds rather familiar...

Roger Garin-michaud (134)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:51 pm
noted, thanks

marie T. (164)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:29 pm
You have done it yet again Kit an exyremely interesting and informative thread
Thank you

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:52 pm
Thank you for the worrisome news. The extreme right is dangerous and destructive. They want to create a one party country in the U. S. which is horrifying. It makes my hair stand on end just thinking about it.

PeaceGoodwill to All (80)
Friday August 30, 2013, 5:39 pm
Thank you Kit..Happy Birthday..sad but true..we are seeing this rise in Australia as in the school yard picking on anyone they "think" is a foreigner - reminds me of the 1950's actually.."kitchen table politics" I call it parents venting their spleen in front of the kids..just plain ignorance takes it outside the home.

Joanne Dixon (36)
Friday August 30, 2013, 5:45 pm
Nyack, the swastika was a benign symbol for millennia before the Nazis commandeered it and tainted it. They even used it in the opposite direction from antiquity but most people don't see that unless the two forms are set side by side. It's a tough one to remember and visualise, for some reason. Kit, and you, and I are hoping this new fascism doesn't destroy this symbol as the swastika was destroyed.

Jo S. (601)
Friday August 30, 2013, 6:42 pm
Noted & shared.
Thanks Kit.

Jelica R. (144)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:48 pm
It is frightening, but can't be denied - fascism is rising. Soon we'll burn books and broke windows although we learned in school how this always ends. Yet, stupid and greedy lunatics think that this time it will be different. Like they are smart enough to start a fire in a powder keg and control the explosion. On top of the financial crisis, environmental damage and exhausted resources, here comes fascism as the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Bryan S. (108)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:13 pm
Interesting and important, Kit. Of course the more economic hardship there is, the more of these radical and angry groups that look to foreigners (or possibly liberals/socialists, minorities, gays, etc.) as a scapegoat will come about.

I think we all experience anger and a sense of futility but it seems there is always a percentage of people who use hard times (and are genuinely ignorant) to express their misanthropy along with a sense of superiority. Look at the Tea Party here. Not saying most of them are violent, but they are an angry crowd who lash out in completely nonsensical ways while considering themselves "True Americans" and religiously righteous.

Nyack Clancy (540)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:11 pm
Somewhow I think what I tried to say has been lost regarding the symbol.

"No question about the Greek origins, if it were not the Golden Dawn would not have used it, their message is not just right wing, but that of the PURE Greek."

Pure Greek? Perhaps not- [meander] refers to the winding river Meander in Anatolia, Turkey.

So let me put this more simply, once again- should you find yourself somewhere in Europe and happen upon this design which can be traced back to (at least) fifth century BC- it does not have anything to do with the Golden Dawn Party.

Yvonne White (233)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:36 pm
But the group is doing exactly what the Nazis did to the Swatstika, purposely propagandizing it to change the original even if the symbol is Ages Old, it will be associated with the New meaning. Native Americans, Buddists, and other groups used the swatstika in ancient times, but you don't see it now days except on Racists. It NO Longer matters to the average person what it meant originally. I like archaeology, so it doesn't surprise me that a fascist group would copy an old symbol for their own purpose, but it saddens me. Usually that causes vandalism on old sites when the inevitable backlash happens.

Bryan S. (108)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:08 am
I think it's true that no matter what the symbol has traditionally meant in ages past, it of course doesn't change how one should view the Golden Dawn. But i don't think Nyack is making a point about the Golden Dawn, but as an analogy, she is saying that if you see a swastika on Buddhist or Hindu statues or art, don't think it has anything to do with Nazism.

Ben Oscarsito (370)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 6:05 am
I think I'm right when I'm saying; -Never underestimate the power of ignorant idiots in large groups!

bob m. (32)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 8:54 am

Indeed ..fascism is not only rising.. it is currently roiling through the vapours of all the EU power structure; it is subtelty overwhelming in the tenor of this article and its' responses , It is in the alien hatcheries of "nobility" and corporate board games as favors are exchanged in lieu of bail outs and jihadi wet dreams. It is smirking under the banner of the pentacle under the mantel of various witchcrafts and "intellectual " mockeries. It is side by side with rapist ideologies and sadisms uncounted; by those who scent the winds with gasses dedicated to a cult of" burnings"; of sacrificing Certain peoples and ways of life at the alter of fear. WHERE neither right nor wrong are truly a concern; as long as the social democrat hordes of head givers and takers all align under Aquarius in harmony with the oil of hellfire and the pacification of the headbangers' "sensitivity. .. yes indeed there is a slippery agency afoot or aslither; and the bidding seems to be ended with certain folk left footing a deadly cost..they appear to be poopooed by the agencies of deceit under black flags and red and are being drugged to a sacrificial alter where the word NO is meaningless.. Well I for one little voice; say NO ..

Gene Jacobson (268)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 9:43 am
I think focusing on symbols ignores the elephant in the room. The rise, or perhaps more accurately, the resurrection of fascism is based in fear and fostered by austerity measures that increase the economic distress so much of the world is feeling. I remember as a young man wondering what it was about Jews that caused them to be so hated, everywhere they went, and so began a course of reading that led me to a simple conclusion, one I think is feeding the far right groups in Europe and here in the US. Jews throughout history have not assimilated, largely, they remain an enclave within the larger society, a peaceful one, but apart, they don't intermarry, they don't acculturate and by setting themselves apart, they, in times of political or economic strife, become easy targets to blame for whatever the particular issues of the day are. This is history going back thousands of years. This isn't right or wrong, it simply is.

Islamic immigrants are being seen through the same lens, though they have some leaders who do indeed make noise about their intent to conquer from within, when they enter a secular society, it is as if oil and water are trying to mix. I think we've had more success here in the US in bringing both Jewish and Islamic immigrants into our economic and political process but there are elements here sounding the same drumbeat as is heard in Europe and Scandinavia. We CAN all live together in peace but that requires a desire to do so on all parts, fringe groups will always exist, they always have, but the majority can learn from and with each other that in peace and love there is no wrong. The danger has always been in totalitarian regimes whether those be fascist or quasi-religious controlled. No religion at its core is about hatred but Islam is demonized by its own right wing as if all of Islam were adherents of terrorism. Extremists give every "movement" a bad name, but the thing to remember is that for virtually all of human history, extremists have been and will always be no more than the fringe of the larger body politic. The law of attraction says you attract what you focus on, so if we can, as the larger societies, those who wish to live in peace with each other, keep our attention focused on that, it is that we will create in our reality. We could you know. If there are to be pariahs, let them be the dogs of war, the makers and distributors of weapons, those who profit from human misery. Let them be the outcasts and love be the answer to every question. We could do this, overnight, if we simply chose it, believed it and lived it. It is my hope that we will become the civilization we can be. And these other issues swept away as the gnats they are when we have a world in which no one will have a thing that comes at the expense of another. Then will we be free in our person, our soul and our minds. I believe it, I only wonder how long...

bob m. (32)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:32 am

Tge new "JEWS in Europe are the "White , "native" culture.. the self loathing maniputards of the elite intelligencia are chocabloc with methodologies in the pursuit of putting their heads in the sand .. young French are now beginning to wake up to a very real peril indeed .. the sale of Europe to corporate cartels,... islams' voracious and unmatched appetites at others expense and the manipulations of myriad of apologists.. ..

M B. (61)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:54 am
When Europe had a crisis, they should have treated the Greeks better; instead they took their dignity.
I think bad politics are to blame.

Ljiljana Milic (108)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:21 pm
Duly noted with all comments & Thank you Kit.

Robert K. (31)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:52 pm
If not so sad this would be funny. The right pushes austerity and when, predictably, this leads to disaster they rabble rouse against those who didn't want it and blame their misdeeds on the left.

If people were sane there would be no right wing.

Marija Mohoric (46)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:00 pm
Just thank you, noted

bob m. (32)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:50 pm

no right ; Daffy would soitenly agree with you tired of these labels... well I guess this bird would just keep flyin around in circles.. who's on first.? right wing indeed.

bob m. (32)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 4:14 pm

JELICA AND BRYAN..a healthy look in the mirror might be advantageous to most here.. seems to me that most of the burnings and bloodshed and brocken windows have been happening on t' other side eh? pretty much all the shed blood I wetness at demos is on the skulls of offended euros .. at the pleasure of the great keepers of the mush...the useful idiots ,,...the screaming masses of self righteous dhimmis who would sell their children into slavery defend in their blindness...the absolutely indefensible.

Esther Z. (96)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 6:38 pm
Austerity seems to harden the heart, kill the soul and blind the eyes to empathy, so, yes, no wonder the extreme right wing conservatives, of any country, tend to rise to power! Extreme right wingers have no heart, no soul and no empathy as shown on all the cruel policies they try to push, much to the detriment of the poor, the elderly and the voiceless!

bob m. (32)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:52 am
the ambitions of myriad "movements . ..moneyed or not are at play here; it is also clear that too many eyes are glazed with the sweet delirium of wishful thinking's and naivetÚs.. covering suicidal affiliations...Well meaning multitudes being used and lathered with honeyed sauces fit for the spit...wake up!

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 3:53 am
I don't know if it ever went away, but it is kind of interesting that it is driven by (disaffected) youth. But I have to agree that it is more anti-immigration.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 5:46 pm

TomCat S. (215)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 2:18 am
Also, Republicans, like the Koch Brothers, are paying to export TEAbuggery. Anders Behring Breivik, the mass murderer, received such support.
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