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The 1930s were not only a decade of economic hardship, but of political violence.

This guy was not just an "anti-islam nationalist". He was an "anti-internationalist" nationalist. His enemy was not so much the external threat of Islam or what-not, but the internal threat of a political class committed to a liberal, open and inclusive state. That's why he targeted not just the sitting Social Democrat government, but the "breeding ground of future Labour leadership". With 80 dead, he may have actually succeeded in decimating the younger ranks of the Social Democratic Youth and this may have an impact in the leadership of the Social Democratic Youth in the next decade and the Labour party leadership further down the line.

Things are going to get really ugly because any crackdown is going to be criticised by business interests and their friendly press as illiberal and a danger to democracy. Meanwhile, in Europe as a whole the "centre-right" continues its march to hegemony and its destruction of the economic basis of prosperity while encouraging right-wing populism as an outlet for workers' discontent.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 05:14:37 AM EST

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