Even as anti-authoritarian, anti-racist movements all over the world are working to take power where they live, self-described localist movements have also won elections with racist, and frankly fascist, platforms. New right movements like the Lega Nord have even adopted the more typically leftist, anti-authoritarian language of ‘autonomy’ and ‘direct democracy’.
What is to be done about reactionary localism? How can we keep fascism out of local politics? We need to foreground democracy and interdependence over local autonomy.
Photo: Ahmed Adly