A recent YouGov poll for Sweden suggests that the populist right-wing party the Sweden Democrats might get about 26.7% of the vote in Sweden if an election were held now. That makes it the most popular party in Sweden today. The once great Swedish Social Democratic Party got just 21.4%. If one looks carefully at the figures here and compares them with the 2014 election (available in that same link), it would appear that many voters are abandoning the Social Democratic Party for the Sweden Democrats. Why is that happening?
Geez, it’s like everything I’ve been warning about is coming true. As I have said, the populist right is rising all over Europe, e.g., the Sweden Democrats, the Danish People’s Party, the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), the Freedom Party in Austria, the French National Front, and UKIP. The Danish People’s Party is already in coalition government in Denmark and the Swiss just elected a populist right-wing party.
Could it be that the left is in crisis and a massive rethinking of what the mainstream left should stand for is in order?
We all know the mainstream left sold out its constituency and has adopted a rotten neoliberalism for decades now. The left’s intellectual life has been poisoned by Postmodernism and truth relativism. Extreme identity politics and extreme political correctness make the left a laughing stock (even though there are clearly very important core issues like gay rights, women’s rights, or minority issues). The European left fails to see the European Union as the threat to democracy, Keynesianism, and economic sovereignty that it clearly is.
And as I have said in the last few posts, is it time that the European left seriously rethink whether open borders and mass immigration is a good thing on economic and social grounds?
Could it be that open borders and endless mass immigration are another part of the fraud of neoliberalism?
Some careful self-reflection and criticism is in order if you want to understand why the European populist right is soaring in the opinion polls.