Fascism is global: India, US, Europe, Israel share the same anti-Muslim “demographic threat” rhetoric


Blog / Monday, January 1st, 2018

Fascism is global. It is not an isolated local political phenomenon; it is the international right wing’s response to international capitalist crisis.

The transnational nature of fascism is especially apparent in global right-wing forces’ shared rhetoric on Muslims.

Indian media outlets reported on January 2 that a member of the Rajasthan legislative assembly, from the far-right Hindu-nationalist ruling party BJP, outrageously claimed that Muslims are bearing more children to try to take “control of the country,” in some kind of grand Islamic conspiracy.

This anti-Muslim rhetoric is identical to the “demographic threat” trope that is popular among the far right in the US, Europe, and Israel.

Hindutva politicians in India and white supremacist politicians in the West use the same fascist fearmongering tactics.

BJP MLA Banwari Lal Singhal, who made these remarks, sounds exactly the same as US Republican Congressman Steve King, who in March 2017 tweeted favorably of fascist, white supremacist, anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders, writing, “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

And both Banwari Lal Singhal and Steve King sound exactly like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who way back in 2003 insisted, “If there is a demographic problem, and there is, it is with the Israeli Arabs who will remain Israeli citizens.” The trope of the Palestinian “demographic threat” is very common in Israel’s increasingly far-right politics.


All of these demagogues share the same bogus “demographic threat” rhetoric. And these far-right politicians don’t just share the same rhetoric; they in fact are the same. In their respective political, historical, and sociocultural contexts, they are exactly the same thing.

Again: Fascism is global. It is not an isolated local political phenomenon; it is the international right wing’s response to international capitalist crisis.

We address this exact topic in much greater detail in an interview Max Blumenthal and I conducted for our podcast Moderate Rebels with the incredible Indian activist Shehla Rashid.


You can listen to the full Moderate Rebels episode with Shehla Rashid below: