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Immigrants are not a threat to European democracy—but the extreme right-wing reaction to them could be

As far-right ideas enter the political mainstream, three new books can help us confront them—and stop extremists setting the terms of the debate

By Daniel Trilling   March 2018


Donald Trump’s retweeting of Britain First videos in November last year illustrated in miniature the relationship between mainstream politics, the media and the far right. A racist political group built up a following far larger than its tiny group of real activists by using social media to broadcast anti-immigrant propaganda. The social media company in question makes money from audience “engagement”—people producing content; sharing, praising, condemning—and has been reluctant to take an editorial role in policing what appears…

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