On Normalisation…

Progressives delude themselves into believing that the media have “normalised” nationalist politicians. Andrew Marr, for example, is being attacked for interviewing Marine Le Pen. It is in fact world events that have “normalised” such a politician: once abnormal problems have become almost predictable so once abnormal solutions appear less deviant. In the past five years terrorists have slaughtered French soldiers, schoolchildren, cartoonists, concertgoers, pedestrians and priests. The public has been told to accept this as the “new normal”. Lamenting the fact that this strange and frightening situation makes once abnormal ideas and ideologues seem compelling to them I can accept but if you cannot understand it then you do not have the faintest chance of swaying them. You are not thinking like a normal person.

Advertisements

About bsixsmith

I am a writer of stories and poems - published by Every Day Fiction, The London Journal of Fiction, 365 Tomorrows and Det Poetiske Bureau - and a columnist for Quillette, Areo and Bombs & Dollars.
This entry was posted in Europe. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s