Month: May 2018

Right-Wing Populism as a Strategy of the Radical Right

The term “right-wing populism,” although commonly used by the German media, has been the subject of intense debate among social scientists, focusing on the central question of whether right-wing populism is an independent political phenomenon that is separate from right-wing extremism, or simply a strategic political option within the radical right. In the context of… Continue reading “Right-Wing Populism as a Strategy of the Radical Right”

A Decade after David Copeland: Neo-Nazi ‘broadband terrorism’ in the UK

CARR’s Director, Prof. Matthew Feldman presents: A Decade After David Copeland: Neo-Nazi ‘Broadband Terrorism’ in the UK.  This talk was presented as part of the “Neo-Nazi “Broadband Terrorism” in the UK” seminar at the University of Leicester on April 18, 2018. The threat posed by terrorism today is changing rapidly – as have methods of… Continue reading “A Decade after David Copeland: Neo-Nazi ‘broadband terrorism’ in the UK”

Book Review: ‘Bring the War Home’ by Kathleen Belew

University of Chicago historian Kathleen Belew’s new book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, claims to be the first complete history of the contemporary American radical right. And while that claim is certainly exaggerated, it is a serious book that gets much right. As the title suggests, the book links… Continue reading “Book Review: ‘Bring the War Home’ by Kathleen Belew”

Manichaean Manipulation – Europe between Apocalypse and Redemption in the Imaginary of the Radical Right

An eternal fight between Good and Evil fuels the imaginaries of the European Radical Right (ERR) in a psychology of continuous panic-mongering. Is Europe the bulwark and pinnacle of Western civilization, the safe haven of Christianity, tradition and family values or has it turned into a dystopian oppressive dictatorship of ‘globalist’ Eurocracy? The imminent end… Continue reading “Manichaean Manipulation – Europe between Apocalypse and Redemption in the Imaginary of the Radical Right”

Silent Discussion | SHORT DOCUMENTARY

This short documentary explores the turbulent relationship between the UK’s fascist social movement, English Defence League (EDL) and the anti-fascist pressure group, Unite Against Fascism (UAF). The documentary includes an interview with Professor Matthew Feldman. – May 8, 2018. Professor Matthew Feldman is Director at CARR, specialising on fascist ideology and the far-right in Europe and the… Continue reading “Silent Discussion | SHORT DOCUMENTARY”

The (un)intended consequences of the UK’s ‘hostile environment’ to immigration

Turning previously radical ideas, originally confined to the fringes of the party-political narratives and social attitudes, into mainstream orthodoxies is not as difficult as it is often assumed. The flutter of a butterfly’s wings can, in some cases, cause a hurricane somewhere else, over a period of time and through a random chain of unpredictable… Continue reading “The (un)intended consequences of the UK’s ‘hostile environment’ to immigration”

Why They Thrive: Risk, Uncertainty and Radical Right Propaganda

Over the last twenty-years, we have seen how damaging extreme rhetoric can be – from the rise of so called Islamist terrorist groups to the successful recruitment of individuals into these groups from across Western countries. When governmental leaders are seen to make decisions that are perceived as misjudged, or to not take charge of… Continue reading “Why They Thrive: Risk, Uncertainty and Radical Right Propaganda”