The reason for this mass exodus is actually rather predictable. The political vision of AfD reflects the three key themes that we have seen emerge as defining the new worldwide political order: nationalism, populism, and traditionalism. The AfD’s key election themes have been anti-immigration, leaving the euro, and the promotion of traditional moral values and German culture. And we are finding these three themes of nationalism, populism and traditionalism in all of Europe’s emerging far-right parties, which are more and more becoming simply mainstream politics. We are seeing this with the Freedom Party of Austria, the National Front in France, 5-Star in Italy, Golden Dawn in Greece, the Dutch Freedom Party in the Netherlands, the Sweden Democrats, the list goes on and on; the rise of political parties sounding the themes of nationalism, populism, and traditionalism not only grows bigger and louder with each passing year but reaches closer and closer to the political mainstream in their respective nations, as this latest poll in Germany demonstrates.
Why is this the case? Why are we seeing the rise and mainstreaming of the European far-right? Well, these three themes of nationalism, populism, and traditionalism are all responses to three forms of instability felt by global populations, which have been identified as border insecurity, economic insecurity, and existential insecurity. In fact, one scholar in particular argues that we are now in what she calls a ‘post-security politics,’ and that it is the far right or what we call the nationalist populists who are most effectively and specifically dealing with these issues of economic, security, and existential uncertainties. The reasoning here is that the nation state used to provide precisely these securities for its citizens; the state provided border security which kept citizens safe; it provided economic security which protected jobs and industry from being shipped overseas, as it were, and provided a common religion, custom, and traditions that unified people into a single coherent culture.
Now, corporatist globalism as embodied by the European Union has basically destroyed all three forms of security. It destroyed border security through the insistence on immigration quotas from the Middle East; it destroyed economic security with the financial crisis of 2008 and mass unemployment, particularly among the youth; and the globalist EU has destroyed European traditions and customs with adopting secular human rights and free markets that replace traditional identities with narcissistic consumer-based lifestyle values.
What we are seeing is that the European Right is responding to all three of these insecurities, and responding very effectively. They are calling for the closing of borders and severe limitations to immigration; for economic protectionism to save and preserve their own manufacturing and production industries; and for a return to tradition, custon, language, and religion as the basis for unified national identity. These are the issues that are propelling nationalist populists all over the world to political prominence and power, and in turn marginalizing the old globalist-defined political left and right. These supposed mainstream parties are more and more being bumped from their respective political centers because as committed globalists, they simply do not have the frames of references or political resources to address credibly the threefold insecurities that are defining post-security politics.
So this is why I think we will continue to see the AfD rise in popularity in Germany, as well as all of the so-called far-right parties. We of course have the election in Italy coming up where the nationalist populist 5 Star and Italia Forza look like they will do very, very well. As they should, since they are addressing these very same insecurities for the Italian population. And so, as much as the corporatist globalist media hopes this rise of nationalist populist parties is just a temporary bump on the way to a globalist utopia, the polls keep showing that nationalist populism is here to stay; we are indeed entering into a New Age of the Political Right.