The last few days have seen a flurry of writing on a perceived potential fascist resurgence in Europe, in reaction to unrest by unassimilated Muslim immigrants. Ralph Peters says that, demographic destiny notwithstanding, Europe will destroy or expel the Muslims. Paul Belien says Mr. Peters is exaggerating because he hates Europeans, but the Islamic danger is real. Mark Steyn says that leaders and foot soldiers are lacking (via Power Line). Wretchard wonders whether latter-day socialist revolutionaries will ally with Muslims. Meanwhile, Wolfgang Bruno was writing about this in 2005:
Europe right now has all the ingredients needed for the rise of something akin to a new Nazi movement. It is an extremely dangerous mix of suppressed nationalism, high unemployment and failed economies, democratic detachment and a widespread sense of being betrayed by the ruling elites.
If the Europeans fight, what kind of regime will lead? Will the Europeans make a firm but principled stand for liberté, égalité, and fraternité, or will their new intolerance equal their current tolerance? Recall that the readiest Brownshirt recruits were recent Communists.
Fortunately, we don’t see much direct evidence of such a resurgence (Mr. Peters doesn’t provide any, aside from the persistence of Le Pen). And yet, here is a story about neo-fascist noisemaking at the World Cup. CNN reports that support for France’s Le Pen has doubled since January, to 17 percent. (Le Pen is anti-immigrant, but note this February 2006 article suggesting an entente between National Front and Muslims.)
UPDATE: Eric S. Raymond: “In the banlieus and elsewhere, Islamist pressure makes it certain that sooner or later the West is going to vomit Stalin’s memes out of its body politic. The worst way would be through a reflex development of Western absolutism — Christian chauvinism, nativism and militarism melding into something like Francoite fascism.” (via Instapundit)
UPDATE: Tigerhawk: “Actually, I’m not late to the party. I thought up the party. Back on October 27, in my review of Steyn’s excellent book America Alone, I quoted Peters and raised precisely the point that has so engaged the righty ‘sphere this week: … the chances are better than fair that Europe is only catching its breath after the calamities it inflicted upon itself in the last century.” Tigerhawk has a small roundup as well.