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History and Popular Speech | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Supporters of the anti-immigration right-wing movement Pegida. Reuters

How did popular speech breach the British society and isolate it from its European entourage? We used to think that the hypocrite, miserable, and misleading speech only succeeds in our communities that suffer from social and cultural relapse and need a lot of development. But the fact that this rhetoric has found echoes in modern societies, which enjoy high levels of scientific and cultural advancement, is certainly a dangerous matter that will capture the interest of social scientists.

In the thirties, the popular speech of Hitler and Mussolini succeeded in fulfilling its goals amidst a big economic, cultural, and social instability caused by the capitalism crisis in 1929.
But how can we understand the success of the same speech now in Europe, which has undergone many positive changes? What does the current advancement of the right-wing signify in a continent like Europe that spread the values of freedom, love, and tolerance to the world?

We believe that political, social and cultural awareness has witnessed an awful deterioration as a result of the capitalist system far from any external factor like emigration, which exists in Europe for a long time. This decline causes concern, identity loss, and regret, which creates a new social class that comprises people who depend on other people’s decisions and who represent a good investment for the right-wing at a time when the left-wing in the continent has been absent.

However, could these classes be moved in another direction? This depends on the special features of each country and could require a long time to produce a big cultural move that plays the role of awareness.