Editorial 15 November 2021
Solidarity with Steven Forti
No matter how much you want to look the other way, one of the consequences of the independence process that remains after its bankruptcy is the persistence of a climate of polarization and division, latent in society as a whole, but especially virulent in the world. of social networks to the point of making an argued civic conversation impossible.
One of our colleagues from the Politics & Prose Editorial Office, Steven Forti, is being subjected to a campaign of disqualifications of all kinds by the tightest sectors of the independence movement as a result of statements in which he affirmed that Junts shares many traits with formations of the extreme right. A statement that stems from the concomitances of popular nationalism with the new extreme right, as Steven Forti himself explains in his recently published book Extreme Right 2.0.
A book in which key characteristics of this new extreme right are identified: a political strategy aimed at polarizing society with divisive issues expressed with post-truths and fake news; to recreate a feeling of community on the basis of shaking the scarecrow of an external enemy; and finally, to use democratic institutions to empty them of their liberal soul.
It is no exaggeration to attribute these three characteristics to the independence process that we have suffered: polarization, post-truth, illiberalism. This is what we have amply denounced in our editorial line that we reaffirm today to show our solidarity with Professor Steven Forti. Finally, we find that the distasteful disqualifications to which he has been subjected are drenched in xenophobia and only endorse his diagnosis of the drifts of national-populism.