This past Sunday, Austria held its presidential election where the far right candidate Norbert Hofer lost to the Green Party’s Alexander Van der Bellen. The election was a re-run of the original held earlier in the year, the result of which was annulled due to vote counting irregularities.
I predicted last month that Hofer would win the election. Here’s why I think I was proven wrong:
When you consider Van der Bellen’s victory within the context of the false left/right political paradigm, it demonstrates some important aspects:
- The necessary element of division between advocates of nationalism and proponents of liberalism was key. On Monday morning a jubilant mainstream media proclaimed Austria had voted ‘Nein‘ to the rise of ‘far right populism’. As nationalism has advanced through the vehicles of Brexit and Donald Trump, instances of victory for ‘the left’ serve to sustain the false dichotomy of a political divide.
- The narrative of Van der Bellen’s win has allowed for figures within the EU to praise the result as a defeat for nationalism. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s vice Chancellor, spoke of it as ‘good sense against right wing populism’. Speaking of nationalism, Thomas Hofer (no relation to Norbert Hofer), a political analyst, was quoted afterwards by the Financial Times as saying, ‘the narrative of these forces being unstoppable has been broken – or at least stalled. It lifts some of the pressure and gloom about where Europe is going.’ Liberalism, in Austria’s case, has this time resisted the rise of far right extremism, giving the EU the platform to posit anti-nationalist sentiment.
What’s interesting is that a Norbert Hofer victory would have represented Europe’s first far right head of state since the end of World War Two. This in itself is possibly one of the reasons why he was not granted the win. Austria is not a leading country within the EU. Without the current nationalist narrative, this election would not have received anything near to front page coverage in the mainstream press.
The accolade of a first far right head of state in over 60 years – assuming Globalist Elites care for such eventualities – will now more likely be bestowed on Marine Le Pen of France in spring 2017. France is a central pillar to the whole EU project. Austria on the other hand is peripheral to the wider agenda of the union.
Evidence of Austria’s reduced influence came less than 12 hours after Hofer’s defeat, when Italy voted to reject changes to its constitution. The moment this became widespread throughout the media, Austria turned into an afterthought. From the leading story to barely garnering a mention.
The key aspect to consider here is that the nationalist movement we have been witnessing will not be absolute. Brexit, Trump and Italy will be countered along the way – as has been shown in Austria. In 2017, France, Germany or the Netherlands may also be chosen to buck the nationalist trend. The likelihood of all turning towards ‘populism’ is minimal.
The point is, to preserve the false paradigm of left and right, liberalism must be fed the scraps of victory. Otherwise you create a closed political discourse with no tangible opposition to sustain the divide. What the Austrian result does is promote the spectre of hope – hope that nationalism can be curtailed and that the battle to contain and ultimately destroy its advancement is not a lost cause.
Keeping people locked in this paradigm is essential to the power structure responsible for orchestrating the nationalist narrative. For that to be maintained, both sides must have faith that they can win the battle. What either side fails to recognise, however, is how they are being played off against one another through political bias and co-oped ideologies.
The goal as we move into 2017 is for nationalist movements to remain in the ascendancy, as I have talked about in previous blog posts. With Italy’s no vote coming only hours after the Austrian result, it will lead many to fearing what the new year has in store. Not only within the EU, but in the US where Donald Trump is soon to be inaugurated on January the 20th.
Unrest, uncertainty and division through ideology are just some of the tools that the globalists will utilise to further their agenda of greater political and economic centralisation.