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CARR Guide to Online Radical-Right Symbols, Slogans and Slurs

This CARR report details the principal symbols, slang, coded references and terminology used online by radical-right extremists today. The first part of this survey will focus on key images, ranging from the Celtic Cross to ancient Germanic runes, with an emphasis on frequency of use and changes over time (such as the recent way in… Continue reading “CARR Guide to Online Radical-Right Symbols, Slogans and Slurs”

CARR-Hedayah Far Right De-Radicalisation Webinar Series

What is deradicalisation? And what does it look like for individuals involved in radical right movements? As part of a new EU-STRIVE funded project with Hedayah, CARR will be unpicking these questions along with practitioners, former violent extremists and academic experts in a yearlong webinar series looking at far-right de-radicalisation good practices. Taking an hour-long… Continue reading “CARR-Hedayah Far Right De-Radicalisation Webinar Series”

Ideological Ambiguity, Issue Blurring & Party Dissent: The Electoral Decline of the Populist Italian Five Star Movement

James F. Downes and Nicola Palma argue that Italian Five Star Movement’s (M5S) future as a governing party is uncertain. Drawing on data from the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (2014, 2017 and 2019 waves), they argue that M5S’s recent electoral decline post–2018 can be explained by a combination of factors, namely: (a) M5S’s ‘ideologically ambiguous’… Continue reading “Ideological Ambiguity, Issue Blurring & Party Dissent: The Electoral Decline of the Populist Italian Five Star Movement”

Can the Radical Right’s Reductionist Narrative Withstand Real-World Complexity?

The radical right indulges in the erasure from its narrative of inconvenient or unwelcome facts from the accepted knowledge base of history and science. There is a general recognition that major problems and issues of our world — including understanding them and their causes and proposing remedies and coping strategies — are rarely simple in… Continue reading “Can the Radical Right’s Reductionist Narrative Withstand Real-World Complexity?”

“William the Conquered 2066”: The English The Turner Diaries?

Introduction Beginning in the mid-1970s, The Turner Diaries was released in sequential instalments of the white supremacist magazine Attack!. Written by William Luther Pierce, founder of National Alliance, under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald, The Turner Diaries is a dystopian novel dubbed by the FBI as “the bible of the racist right”. It is considered to… Continue reading ““William the Conquered 2066”: The English The Turner Diaries?”

What future for the EU after COVID-19?

The current crisis urgently calls for visions for the EU and, indeed, the world post-COVID-19. Displeasure with ‘the EU’ is increasing, clearly audible among acquaintances, friends, in the media, commentators as well as among some politicians. Where is the EU in the so-called ‘refugee question’, i.e. ‘migration-crisis’? Why doesn’t the EU quickly help the countries particularly… Continue reading “What future for the EU after COVID-19?”

A New Wave of Right-Wing Terrorism

Right-wing terrorism is a growing threat for democratic societies globally. With rising numbers in death tolls and far-right narratives creeping into the mainstream, the extreme right assumed a new face through the digital dissemination of extremist propaganda and trivialising violence – thereby attracting new audiences. Greater cooperation is required between the state, researchers, and tech… Continue reading “A New Wave of Right-Wing Terrorism”

How COVID-19 deflated the Austrian populist radical right

COVID-19 has fundamentally altered the logic of Austrian politics as refugees and the question of Islam in Austrian society have become largely irrelevant. Austrians like to think of their country as an “Insel der Seligen” – an island of the blessed. The notion has a long genealogy, usually attributed to a visit by Pope Paul… Continue reading “How COVID-19 deflated the Austrian populist radical right”

Canada Filed The First Incel Terrorism Charge. How Do We Combat This Threat?

Misogynistic “Incel” extremism isn’t a centralized operation, but it’s becoming increasingly dangerous. This poses challenges to combating the threat. The police have uncovered evidence that the attacker who killed a woman and injured another at an erotic massage parlor in Canada in February was inspired by incel ideology. The attack is now being treated as terrorism, making… Continue reading “Canada Filed The First Incel Terrorism Charge. How Do We Combat This Threat?”

Eco-fascism ‘proper’: the curious case of Greenline Front

Introduction Eco-fascism, mostly associated with the ‘green wing’ in historical National Socialism and neo-Malthusian authoritarians of the 1960s/70s, is an iridescent concept that signifies the preoccupation of extreme-right actors with environmentalist concerns. As such, it is also a highly loaded term, used both academically and as a slur. The term has recently attracted particular attention… Continue reading “Eco-fascism ‘proper’: the curious case of Greenline Front”

NO BARGAIN: Why Don’t Bad Cops Get Fired? The Power of Police Unions

We know that problem cops are tough to fire. The reason—their unions. That has to change. Now. As an expert on the radical right over the last 25 years, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time defending American police departments against claims that they were riddled with members of the Klan and other white supremacist… Continue reading “NO BARGAIN: Why Don’t Bad Cops Get Fired? The Power of Police Unions”