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Népszabadság - Hungary | Monday, July 10, 2006

Gaspa M. Tamas on right-wing populism in central and eastern Europe

According to Hungarian philosopher Gaspar M. Tamas, the rise of right-wing populism in Poland and Slovakia is a reaction to neo-conservative and neo-liberal policies. He maintains that the right-wing populists of central and eastern Europe want to exercise "authoritarian, religious-ethical control over the private lives of citizens", and that they combine "traditional chauvinism, xenophobia and racism with discrimination against immigrants and minorities, hostility towards women and homophobia. They define 'nation' on a basis of religion, ethnicity and race and have adopted the fascists' hostile attitude towards the west and Russia... Just like in the 1920s and 1930s, this anti-democratic turn is based on  chauvinistic-xenophobic and ultra-clerical forces that view the current form of capitalism as 'alien'. They want to domesticate it and curb its unmistakeable social and ethical pathology."

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