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A Peculiar Turn for Britain’s Radical Right? ‘Islamisation’, Vigilantism and Britain First

Britain’s radical right is at a worrying crossroads. ‘[P]olitically marginalised, fractured, leaderless and increasingly violent’, Britain’s radical-right is now more ‘isolated and in retreat’ than at any point over the past twenty years – ‘becoming more extreme and violent’ in the process. Despite popular outbursts of nationalism and xenophobia after the 2016 EU referendum, it… Continue reading “A Peculiar Turn for Britain’s Radical Right? ‘Islamisation’, Vigilantism and Britain First”

Teaching on the Extreme Right Workshop Report: New Challenges, Fresh Approaches (12/04/2018)

On 12th April, academics, researchers, teachers and other practitioners came together at the University of Northampton to discuss how to teach about the extreme right. We wanted to find out what had changed when engaging with people on this issue over the past few years, and how to impart knowledge about the extreme right in… Continue reading “Teaching on the Extreme Right Workshop Report: New Challenges, Fresh Approaches (12/04/2018)”

Corpus Linguistics and the Problem of Non-Violent Extremism

During the 2016-17 Home Affairs Select Committee on Radicalisation, Google claimed that, in 2014, they had removed over 14 million videos relating to different forms of abuse, including content that promoted violent extremism. They have now announced they will be employing an additional 10,000 staff as human moderators to take down videos and comments that… Continue reading “Corpus Linguistics and the Problem of Non-Violent Extremism”

Mood Swings: Freedom, Democracy and the Latest Right-Wing Populist Upsurge

Democracy is presently in a recession. Freedom House’s (an independent research institute) annual report for 2018 indicates that for the 10th consecutive year the world’s citizens, taken in the aggregate, are less free (meaning enjoy less political rights and civil liberties) than was true in earlier years. Some countries included in the report as ‘free’… Continue reading “Mood Swings: Freedom, Democracy and the Latest Right-Wing Populist Upsurge”

Back to the Future? Comparing Radical Right Referendum Results, 1975 and 2016

It is hard to deny Brexit’s important place within recent radical right discourse and activity. Recently, Paul Stocker’s excellent book English Uprising has captured this part of that debate. The radical right had a significant impact in dictating the tone and trajectory of the Leave campaign, especially away from the official Vote Leave platform. Equally,… Continue reading “Back to the Future? Comparing Radical Right Referendum Results, 1975 and 2016”

Islamophobia, racism and the far-right … and the right … and the left …

How different was the world in 1997? That was the year when the Runnymede Trust published its landmark report on Islamophobia, drawing attention to the then growing threat of anti-Muslim prejudice, discrimination, and violence in western societies. The late-1990s was the time of peak-liberal illusions about the capacity of the new world system to guarantee… Continue reading “Islamophobia, racism and the far-right … and the right … and the left …”

Banking on the “Deplorables”: Nativism and the Radical Right

©AP PHOTO/LYNNE SLADKY They arrived by the thousands in the mid-1750s, immigrants from Württemberg, the Palatinate, and Switzerland. Often, they were so poor that they had been obliged to sell their children. Wretchedly sick and destitute, they flooded into the city of Philadelphia in search of a new home. The local Anglo-Protestant establishment was anything… Continue reading “Banking on the “Deplorables”: Nativism and the Radical Right”

Twenty-Five Years After Waco: Popular Imaginings of the Siege and Aftermath

Twenty-five years after the conclusion of the Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, Texas — the compound burned on 19th April 1993 — propagandists and activists on the radical right are once again turning to Waco. Waco, they say, shows what the government will do to those Americans who have heterodox religious or political views, especially… Continue reading “Twenty-Five Years After Waco: Popular Imaginings of the Siege and Aftermath”

3 years on: What the trial against Golden Dawn tells us about Greek society

©Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters On 20th April 2015, a trial began against the neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn – one of the largest and most controversial trials in post-dictatorial Greece. A total of 69 Golden Dawn members are accused of leading and participating in a criminal organization and are at the same time charged for several different legal… Continue reading “3 years on: What the trial against Golden Dawn tells us about Greek society”