An Asia That Can Say No

Armando Malay Jr.



One of the more successful gimmicks that extreme Right wing leader Jean-Marie Le Pen deploys in his bid to legitimize racism as a political issue in France is the slogan, "He says out loud what others only think silently." Politically-correct sentiments can go hang; in the demagogues estimation, a fascistic counter-hegemony's time has come around at last. Le Pen's party, the National Front, has met phenomenal success in southeastern France, where some of that country's biggest immigrant populations are found; this may be taken to be a fair endorsement of his xenophobic discourse.

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