Right-wing populism (also called national populism and right-populism) is a form of populism that takes right-wing and conservative positions on issues such as patriotism, national sovereignty, law and order, and support for less immigration. Like most other populists, they emphasize anti-elitism and opposition to the establishment. Right-wing populism is very similar ideologically to national conservatism and paleoconservatism, and it tends to be Euroskeptic. Right-wing populism believes in equality, and rejects racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism, totalitarianism and other leftist beliefs.
The term "right-wing populism" is often used pejoratively by liberals to smear or discredit conservatives who hold the above positions. Thus, conservatives often avoid using the term to describe their beliefs.
Right-wing populism is seeing massive growth in Europe in the early 21st century, with parties such as the Austrian Freedom Party, Lega Nord, and the Alternative for Germany, among numerous others. Many of these parties have made it into the governments of their respective countries. In the United States, figures such as Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump have been labeled right-wing populist. Other leading right-populists are Steve Bannon, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Mike Cernovich.
Professor Eric Kaufmann says about a graph showing the correlation between the projected growth of the Muslim propulation and the rise of right-wing nationalism in a country:
|“||Figure 1 shows an important relationship between projected Muslim population share in 2030 and support for the populist right across 16 countries in Western Europe. Having worked with IIASA World Population Program researchers who generated cohort-component projections of Europe’s Muslim population for Pew in 2011, I am confident their projections are the most accurate and rigorous available. I put this together with election and polling data for the main West European populist right parties using the highest vote share or polling result I could find. Note the striking 78 percent correlation (R2 of .61) between projected Muslim share in 2030, a measure of both the level and rate of change of the Muslim population, and the best national result each country’s populist right has attained."||”|
Samuel P. Huntington's thesis on the The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order keeps getting vindicated.
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- The Not-So-New Populism, by Ryan Girdusky, The American Conservative, April 11, 2019.