Month: July 2020

“The media censorship”, free speech and the radical right: The case of Spain’s VOX party

Introduction The word “infodemic” was coined by the Word Health Organization (WHO) to describe the excess of information, usually false, on a particular problem, used to hinder the process of finding a solution. Even though not a recent phenomenon, in the unprecedented period that the world has been living in the last few months, the… Continue reading ““The media censorship”, free speech and the radical right: The case of Spain’s VOX party”

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?”