For many months, alt-right-wingers all over the world have been salivating over the French presidential election. In their sugar high from Brexit and Trump, they incorrectly assumed that the “entire Western world” was “finally moving back to the right.” They were quite excited that the French version of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, would probably win, as the next pillar to fall in this “new wave of conservative taking over US/Europe.”
As I already explained last year, this analysis (or should I say, irrational hope) is completely incorrect. The populace of the West are angry at the establishment and the elites, but they’re still just as left-wing as they always have been, and will continue to move to the left.
Case in point; Le Pen made it to second place in the election, but then got her ass handed to her, losing 34% to 66% to Emmanuel Macron, a former socialist who loves the EU and loves importing mass amounts of third-world refugees. He’s the European version of a “centrist,” which of course means left-wing on the American scale.
So there you go.
When you take the emotions out of the analysis (take out the alt-right excitement/rage and the left-wing defensiveness) and look at the current state and near future of the West objectively, you come up with this:
1. Westerners (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, etc) are mostly left-wing.
2. Westerners are continuing to grow more left-wing, not less.
3. Anger directed at the establishment does not denote a political shift from left to right. It simply denotes anger (anger I agree is well deserved). The typical Westerner is a left-winger who is mad at the current establishment, but who is still on the left of the vast majority of political views (welfare state, health care, war, drugs, etc).
4. Because of this anger, right-wing candidates can win over left-wing candidates if the left-wing candidates are horrible beyond belief (Trump beating Hillary), but if the left (or leftish) candidate is not terrible, the left will win, as it usually does (Le Pen losing to the boring but not insanely problematic Macron). Again, this does not denote a shift in political opinions from left to right.
5. The European Union and the United States are both economically screwed long-term no matter what happens or who gets elected. These silly elections are entertaining, emotional exercises, not a means to any actual problem-fixing.
It’s an interesting time to be living, to be sure, but it’s not a right-wing time. It’s a left-wing time, and will continue to grow more left-wing until things actually start to collapse. (And even then, people may still embrace big government as their savior, as history shows this to usually be the case.)