Tag: Ideology

Preventing violent extremism: stepping out of our echo chambers

For many of those who are aware, Muslim communities included, Prevent is a common sense, social care approach to an ever-growing global phenomenon. It is difficult to frame Natalie James’ response to my original article avoiding as it does the very heart of the matter, that there are increasing numbers of young people for whom ideology is a… Continue reading “Preventing violent extremism: stepping out of our echo chambers”

We need to talk about Kieron, but also about those around him

For many people affected by Prevent, enough is not being done. In a recent piece by CARR Policy and Practitioner Fellow William Baldet, who is a CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) practitioner in his day to day job, he argues that ‘all individuals who are at risk should be supported’ from being drawn into terrorism. His… Continue reading “We need to talk about Kieron, but also about those around him”

Prevent and the Terrorism Act: we need to talk about Kieron

When it comes to preventing people being drawn into terrorism, our responsibility is to offer interventions and support to all individuals who are at risk. It was 4am when the phone call came through. The FBI had contacted Scotland Yard, who in turn had contacted my local Police force who had decided I should immediately… Continue reading “Prevent and the Terrorism Act: we need to talk about Kieron”

Ten Things I Hate About Fascism Studies

  One. Every second article written about fascism starts by complaining that there is no consensus about what fascism is, then agrees with Roger Griffin’s definition of fascism as an ideology of national regeneration before going on to prove, once again, that fascism involved an ideology of national regeneration. Two. Scholars stubbornly refuse to separate… Continue reading “Ten Things I Hate About Fascism Studies”

The Psychology of Radical Right Violence: Social Dominance Orientation and the Cases of El Paso and Dayton

On August 3, 2019, an armed gunman killed 22 and wounded 24 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Media reaction was swift, naming the act far-right violence due to the killer’s “anti-immigrant screed” and decision to target shoppers in a predominantly Hispanic area. Less than 24 hours later, a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio… Continue reading “The Psychology of Radical Right Violence: Social Dominance Orientation and the Cases of El Paso and Dayton”

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

In interrogating the far right’s persistent obsession with southern Africa, we can better understand what people like Trump, Hopkins, and terrorists like Roof, mean when they invoke it today. In 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump posted a rather enigmatic tweet about“farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers”… Continue reading “Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?”

From ‘Challengers’ to ‘Incumbents’: The Populist Radical Right in Government

Electoral Breakthroughs Following the electoral breakthrough of the populist radical right (PRR) in continental Europe in both recent national parliamentary elections covering the 2015–2018 refugee crisis period and the 2019 European Parliament elections, many of these parties are no longer on the periphery and have become influential. Furthermore, a number of mainstream parties have avowedly… Continue reading “From ‘Challengers’ to ‘Incumbents’: The Populist Radical Right in Government”

On the Ideology and Strategy of the New Right

The political goals of the New Right can largely be summarized by two central concepts: the intellectualization of right-wing extremism through the formulation of an intellectual metapolitics, and the pursuit of a (right-wing) cultural hegemony. Here, metapolitics denotes efforts to take intellectual control of public debates, shaping them on a theoretical meta-level by coining particular… Continue reading “On the Ideology and Strategy of the New Right”