You have to hope this gathering worldwide storm of populism is not a glissando towards Nazi-ism. Sure, there is a quickening in the political pulse. The disconnected nomenklatura and all-too-connected social welfarists demand that the people get to eat cake when there really is no cake. The dispossessed gather in tribal clans to do harm. The centre cannot hold.
Could that often-decried populist yearning to restore order from disorder find a better model for itself than strutting, saluted-at European and South Americans of the previous century?
We should be guided towards the morally infused authoritarianism of the Victorians for our salvation, rather than the knock-in-the-night fascists of the thirties.
Yes, the 19th century state apparatus took brutally unfair but effective action to gain back the streets following the destabilising industrialisation and associated urbanisation in the first half of that century (blast those capitalists!) Measures taken then to make life safer were passingly as harsh, as violent, as inhumane and as unfair toward the ‘undeserving poor’ and other perceived untermenschen as the fascism of the mid-20th or fatwaism of the early 21st – but with a hugely more enlightened and disinterested ends.