WHAT IS MILLENNIAL FASCISM?
The concept of Euroscepticism, or criticism of or opposition to the European Union, has steadily spread since the late 1990s. Its proliferation has led to the emergence and success of numerous Eurosceptic and anti-establishment parties at the national and international level.
Historically, fascism has been viewed in many different lights from radical to patriotic, though the perjorative connotation has proven most enduring. The turn-of-the-century wave of euroscepticism, anti-European Union (EU) attitude, and surging presence of nationalist sentiment has strongly resounded with the masses, changing the face of right-wing extremism and rendering it palatable to those who previously deemed it radical and even perverse. Indeed, eurosceptic groups have become widely accepted legitimate groups and political parties now making an indelible mark on the political landscape throughout Europe.
Though once considered fascist and extremist, these groups have successfully achieved recognition and mainstream support as their once non-traditional ideas have become the norm.
I contend that these groups are a new class of social movement organization, a modern-day manifestation of fascism I call Millennial Fascism.