The Ideology of Unpleasantness

In countries across Europe, far-right parties are gaining political power and influence; in the USA, Donald Trump is hugely popular with millions of people; in the Middle East, various factions and sects compete to be the most brutal and vicious; India is currently in the grip of Prime Minister Modi’s nationalism; in Russia, Putin’s regime has total control and encourages violence and bigotry wherever it can; on the internet, masses of people are gleefully nasty and abusive.

The surface political ideologies are diverse, even directly antagonistic. But there is a deeper trend which runs through them all and which can be seen both in the causes and consequences – an ideology of unpleasantness. It manifests in different ways, but bigotry and violence is ever-present, and it is becoming more dominant by the day.

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