What is the connection between the capitalist crisis and the rise of fascism? Vangelis Lagos examines the evidence, and finds that the rise of popular support for fascism is not a direct outcome of the crisis, but that austerity creates an amplifier fo …

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What is the connection between the capitalist crisis and the rise of fascism? Vangelis Lagos examines the evidence, and finds that the rise of popular support for fascism is not a direct outcome of the crisis, but that austerity creates an amplifier for extremism.

The rise of Golden Dawn in Greece amidst the crisis has been widely debated internationally as it awakened memories of the interwar years and the catastrophes that followed them. The impressive electoral leap of an extremist political organisation that, since its foundation in the early 1980s, had been identified with National Socialism and the systematic use of violence against left-wing opponents and (from the early 1990s) immigrants, evoked serious concern both in Greece and abroad since a long forgotten threat, that of fascism, seemed to return in Europe. Moreover, GD’s growing influence, demonstrated by subsequent opinion polls, made clear that there was an expanding audience for what was widely recognised to be a fascist ideology and political agenda.

– Vangelis Lagos is a sociologist and researcher based in Athens

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