Month: October 2019

The memory of Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still alive

Those who defend statues meant to assert dominance have yet to learn the lessons of the past. In 1975, on a satirical newscast on the American television show Saturday Night Live, mock reporter Chevy Chase announced Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s death for the better part of a year, reminding audiences that the dictator was ‘still… Continue reading “The memory of Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still alive”

Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right

The proclaimed triumph of liberal democratic ideals failed to eradicate ethnic and religious divisions. Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the triumph of liberal democracy in his 1992 seminal classic, “The End of History and the Last Man.” He argued that the legitimacy of liberal democracy had become unrivalled after defeating oppressive political ideologies such as fascism and… Continue reading “Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right”

How The Radical Right Took American Politics Hostage

Through fear-mongering, conspiracy theories, and voter suppression tactics, the far-right has poisoned America’s political discourse in pursuit of power. Writing an op-ed column “Why Republicans Play Dirty” in The New York Times, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt describe recent efforts by Republican executives and legislators – at both the state and federal levels – to subvert the… Continue reading “How The Radical Right Took American Politics Hostage”

Hateful extremism and the radical right: we need new definitions

A new approach to countering the extremism of the radical right is desperately needed. This month, the Commission for Countering Extremism published the findings from its public consultation. Seeking to better understand what extremism is, how it finds form, and most importantly what can be done about it, the commission visited more than 20 towns and… Continue reading “Hateful extremism and the radical right: we need new definitions”

Political Globalisation and the Populist Radical Right Parties in Western Europe (Part II)

In this second part of Pragya Rai’s blog on political globalisation and the populist radical right, Rai looks at the strengths and weaknesses of globalist and anti-globalist arguments – critically assessing the role of the latter in populist radical right ideology. You can find the first part here. Discussion: Strengths and Weaknesses of Globalist and… Continue reading “Political Globalisation and the Populist Radical Right Parties in Western Europe (Part II)”

The Germany Synagogue Terrorist’s Manifesto Highlights Threat Of Neo-Nazism

A neo-Nazi targeted a synagogue on Yom Kippur, aiming to “kill as many Jews as possible.” His manifesto continues a trend of white supremacist terrorism. With The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (1941) German playwright Berthold Brecht (1898-1956) produced a satirical allegory of the rise to power of Nazism and Hitler. In Brecht’s typical educational fashion, the… Continue reading “The Germany Synagogue Terrorist’s Manifesto Highlights Threat Of Neo-Nazism”

Political Globalisation and the Populist Radical Right Parties in Western Europe (Part I)

Introduction Back in 2016, Marine Le Pen announced that the time of the nation state had returned and that the prospects of walls being built across the world showed that it was “the time of borders”. The aversion of the Populist Radical Right Parties (PRRPs) towards the process of political globalisation is centred on the… Continue reading “Political Globalisation and the Populist Radical Right Parties in Western Europe (Part I)”

Call for Papers: CARR’s 2nd Annual Conference May 13-15, 2020 – Studying “The Radical Right Globally”

Last year the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) held its first annual conference from May 15-17 2019 at the Richmond Campus of the American University, London. We were treated to excellent keynotes by Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor Cas Mudde, and Mr. Mark Potok. The conference opened with the UK’s Commission for Countering… Continue reading “Call for Papers: CARR’s 2nd Annual Conference May 13-15, 2020 – Studying “The Radical Right Globally””