Writing in The American Conservative magazine, Dalrymple notes an increasing divergence of political views in Europe. While intellectual elites and political leaders view policies like immigration through a prism of “various kinds of guilt, post-colonial and postwar”, everyday citizens make political judgements based on the national interest. But many of those citizens are still influenced by the views of the elite and therefore:
There is a tension between what people are supposed to think and what people do actually think—or, more importantly, what they are supposed to feel and what they actually feel.
By attributing all doubts about current immigration policy to racism alone, intellectual elites close off any sensible avenue of reform and unwittingly “prepare the road for a true fascist reaction”.
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