The New York Times Editorial Board admitted globalization, upticks in terrorist activities, and other social upheavals might be part of the reason why Europeans are electing nationalist politicians.
Breakneck technological changes and unchecked immigration might be one of the reasons for the uptick in nationalistic fervor, according to TheNYT Editorial Board. The paper has also given credence in the past to other hot-button issues usually discussed in conservative circles.
“It may be that the West is going through a temporary backlash against globalization, terrorism, migration, social upheavals and technological change that have swept so rapidly around the world,” the editorial board wrote Wednesday in an op-ed highlighting French President Emmanuel Macron’s crusade against the supposed rise of pro-nationalism throughout Europe.
TheNYT’s op-ed excoriated U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian President Viktor Orban, and other European leaders for stoking “hatred of immigrants, xenophobia,” and the “disdain for the rule of law.”
The paper’s admission comes after the editorial board criticized the uptick in attacks against Jews in Islamic communities nestled inside France and other European countries. Islamists attacks against Jews in France are exploding, a NYT staffer wrote in a March 30 op-ed discussing the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.
“Anti-Semitism was supposed to be a disease of the far right,” Bari Weiss, a staff editor and writer, wrote at the time. “But the people actually killing Jews in France these days are not members of the National Front. They are Islamists.”
Yet, TheNYT ultimately chalks up most of the escalation in nationalistic fervor to Trump and Putin, two world leaders often cited as the central figures benefiting from a globalization backlash.
“This month, Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state, warned that fascism posed a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II, and the danger was ‘enhanced by the volatile presidency of Donald Trump,'” the editorial board said in its Wednesday editorial on globalization.
The editorial board added: “When a 40-year-old French president (Macron) and an 80-year-old former American secretary of state (Albright) sound the alarm, one hopes that the sleepwalkers will awaken.”
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