While all this shit was flying in the Alt-Right this weekend in the United States, Matteo Salvini and the populists made huge gains in the Italian elections:
“ROME — Italians registered their dismay with the European political establishment on Sunday, handing a majority of votes in a national election to hard-right and populist forces that ran a campaign fueled by anti-immigrant anger.
The election, the first in five years, was widely seen as a bellwether of the strength of populists on the continent and how far they might advance into the mainstream. The answer was far, very far.
After Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France beat back populist and far-right insurgencies in the past year, Europe had seemed to be enjoying a reprieve from the forces threatening its unity and values.
That turned out to be short lived.
In Sunday’s vote, preliminary results showed, the parties that did well all shared varying degrees of skepticism toward the European Union, with laments about Brussels treating Italians like slaves, agitation to abandon the euro and promises to put Italy before Europe.
The most likely result will be a government in Italy — a founding European Union nation and the major economy of the Mediterranean — that is significantly less invested in the project of a united Europe. All the while, geopolitical competitors from Russia to China are seeking to divide and weaken the bloc. …”
Luca Traini’s vengeance on African migrants didn’t even slow down the populist juggernaut. Silvio Berlusconi and Forza Italia representing the center right underperformed the Northern League. Salvini could be on the verge of becoming Italy’s Prime Minister.
In Europe, populist parties take votes away from the conservative parties. In Italy, nationalism and populism have now eclipsed mainstream conservatism. Unfortunately, we don’t have a similar dynamic within the United States where a populist party competes with and takes votes away from the Republican Party and shifts the whole political spectrum to the right.
In our case, the huge base of populist and nationalist voters ends up getting cucked into empowering the center right conservative minority. We need a political alternative to change that dynamic. If the GOP can’t be reformed, it is better to split it and come away with the bigger piece.