Month: May 2020

Revisiting the Authoritarian Personality: Conspiracy Theories and the Crank

Since Trump’s electoral victory in 2016, many journalists have praised The Authoritarian Personality as a prophetic text that predicted the rise of fascism in the United States. On the seventieth anniversary of its publication, Andrew Woods reflects on The Authoritarian Personality’s approach to conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists in the radical right. Following the 2016… Continue reading “Revisiting the Authoritarian Personality: Conspiracy Theories and the Crank”

What Hungary’s Nationalist Farmers Have Against Orban

The Hungarian far right envisages agricultural alternatives to Viktor Orban’s populism. Balint is a 30-year-old PhD student from northern Hungary, with expertise in organic farming and environmentally friendly agriculture. Well educated and fluent in English, Balint talks with passion about his daily work at an organic farm, hiking and spending time in nature. An expert… Continue reading “What Hungary’s Nationalist Farmers Have Against Orban”

After COVID-19: will Matteo Salvini lead Europe’s radical right?

Salvini’s showcasing of religious devotion and rhetoric about the pandemic are part of a political strategy aimed at taking over the reigns of power. Unlike the Rassemblement National (RN), formerly Front National, in France, the radical populist right in Italy has largely managed to hold on to its electorate. In early April, Matteo Salvini’s Lega still polled a bit… Continue reading “After COVID-19: will Matteo Salvini lead Europe’s radical right?”

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”

Quarantined Radicals: Right-Wing Extremism In The Age Of COVID-19

Researchers are asking if this era of self-isolation will increase radicalization, but they need to look at the existing extremism COVID-19 is exacerbating. There have been articles published that assert that there will be an uptick in far-right radicalization due to shelter-in-place orders currently occurring in many countries across the world—not to mention most of… Continue reading “Quarantined Radicals: Right-Wing Extremism In The Age Of COVID-19”