Identity politics is a laden phrase that is contemporarily signifying a wide range of political and even social activity founded on the shared experiences of injustice of members of certain social groups. From a historical concept, identity politics existed with the blacks Americans fighting for their civil rights. The second section of the twentieth century comprised the emergence of large-scale political movements (Malone, 2014). The common movements associated with the identity politics used to be those of fighting for political or social recognition within a society. Europe, Asia, and America tended to be the regions with rampant issues affiliated with the identity politics. The research paper addresses a slightly different from the normal context and expectation of identity politics. Arguably, an identical politics ideology looks forward to ensuring that a nation or a group of people fight against the elite in support of the ordinary people. Precisely, the research intends the Right-wing populism identity politics ideology by the Right Wing populists in Europe (Malone, 2014).
The political ideology of right-wing populism tends to reject existing political consensus and converges with anti-elitism (Kaplan, 2014). It is an abnormal form of identity politics ideology especially with regards to the objectives the populists have been having. Arguably, the ideology is considered to be populism since it appeals to the common man as opposed to the elites. The European context of right-wing populism is more of political than social. The right-wing populist parties are known for their steadfast opposition to mass immigration and increased support for the welfare state. The populists were more interested in proposing restrictive, domestic social spending (Kaplan, 2014). Thus, it is a strong supporter of welfare chauvinism. To be precise, the Right Wing Populist discouraged and discourages the immigration of people especially from the Islamic world and European Union.
Arguably, the argument that the right wing movements are populist movement depends on a series of factors. First, they are motivated by a black slash against the liberation movements, social reforms, and revolution (Stiftung, 2014). However, that does not imply that the goals of the right-wing populist parties in Europe are just defensive and reactive. Rather, the growth of the right-wing populist movements is fueled centrally by the fears of the Lefts and the political gains affiliated (Malone, 2014).
It is undeniable that the right wing movement in growing in Europe. It tends to have some perceptions towards some cultural discrepancies and considerations especially when they try to kick out most immigrants. The aims of the populists that support this political ideology tend to ensure that the people from outside cultures do not invade the European culture (Hillerbrand, 2014). Further, the groups of people supporting these ideologies are out to ensure the political authorities do not give a consideration to some of the issues they disregard.
Approach used to hold these aspirations
First, it is paramount to understand the background or the basis of the arguments stipulated by the Populists (Right-Wing) (Kaplan, 2014). It is concise that for years and decades of immigration of Muslims from the northern part of Africa and to other developing countries has been rampant. That, however, has been threatening the cohesive, as well as, the mono-ethnic society existent in the European region. Accordingly, there is a half decade-long economic crisis within Europe. That has lead to reduced or adverse growth and indecently high levels of unemployment (Hillerbrand, 2014). Further, the populists argue that these factors have yielded into austerity conditions in the economy and social definition of Europe. The convergence of these social and economic drawbacks associated with immigration as a determined way to delegitimize Europe. That means that people who are out to ensure that the de-legitimization of Europe is successful manages to sell his or her idea about the proposal.
Further, the populists still feel that there is cementation of the ideology especially after making an analysis of the aging European population (Malone, 2014). The zero birth rates and the continued immigration by Muslims from less developed countries fosters continued stoking of the fear that most nationalist parties have of parties that are united by ethnicity (Stiftung, 2014). The worst part of it is that the Gross Domestic Product and the Gross National Product tend to skew towards the negative side of the economic graph. The Right-Wing Populists in Europe argue that these forces are likely to foster increased economic crisis.
According to them, there is an avid need to ensure that there is reduced multicultural immigration into the European territory. They believe that the immigrants may first introduce their cultures. Secondly, the multicultural immigrants may misuse the opportunity they are granted by the host country or region to undermine the elected governments (Stiftung, 2014). It is assumed to be clear that most immigrants come from societies that completely despise the rule of law as practiced by the European countries (Rampant right-wing populism, 2015). Therefore, they are not an exception when they migrate into the European territory. Further, the populists argue that undermined governments portray low outlays and possibilities of going to war with other undermined governments.
Arguably, the aspirations have been held for quite a long time. From the 1990s, the right-wing populists and their affiliate parties established themselves from an unorganized status to a legislatively relevant part of European politics. The democracies that embraced these populists include Canada, Norway, France, and Russia amongst others. They strive to achieve or propose the need for radical rights. Some analysts consider the spirit of these populists to have emerged from a historical concept of trying to conserve the status quo (Malone, 2014). Multicultural immigration is believed to be disrupting the stability of the national from a political and cultural angle.
How the Right-wing Populists are set to achieve the objectives
The core objectives of the right-wing populists are to protest against intensive multicultural immigration from the less developed countries. The populists commenced with instituting their arguments specifically on their intentions to discourage multicultural immigration (Hillerbrand, 2014). The populists are taking a political approach to the issues they address. Remember, most petitions raised by these people cannot survive if they do not have a stronghold portion within parliament. So far, the approach to take the issue into a fully political state is it the group’s platform of success. Over the last thirty years of insurgency and imperative evolution of arguments have been registered succession growth and success (Hillerbrand, 2014). The European Right-wing populists have made considerable electoral gains at the local levels, state and national state of government. The policies that the populists have been selling to the European states seem to take an appropriate and affirmative direction. Perfect examples of proof that the populists are succeeding includes the fact that a populist party (Swiss People’s Party) is the most popular party in Switzerland. People now find the populists movements to be the most appealing movements, especially in Europe.
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