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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

Photo: REX SHUTTERSTOCK

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…

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