Sunday, April 4, 2010

Demonizing the "far-right" in Europe

The Telegraph yesterday published an entire article comparing Hungary's "far-right" Jobbik Party to Nazis and Fascists. But the article's only mention of an actual Jobbik policy is their desire to stop people from "sponging off the state", and to force "anyone claiming benefits to perform public service in return."

The Telegraph states the Jobbik Party identifies the Roma, a.k.a. the "gypsies", as a big part of the "sponging" problem, which I guess could remind people of the anti-ethnic-minority positions of the Nazis and Fascists. But it seems Jobbik's solution is simply to get the Roma, and everyone else, off the public trough. That's a far cry from the Fascists' policy of shipping people "to Hitler's death camps". In fact, considering Hungary's financial situation, getting people off the public trough seems like common-sense good policy.

So why is the Jobbik's rise to power "disturbing" to the Telegraph? Is there really something ugly about them? Or is it the Telegraph's default editorial position that anyone arguing for more personal responsibility and less dependence on government should be compared at length to Nazis and Fascists?