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Icons of the Radical Right: Christoph Blocher and the SVP

Introduction A couple of weeks ago, Swiss art aficionados started to flock to Martigny in the canton of Valais.  Martigny is a relatively small town. But it boasts an exquisite art museum, which over the years has hosted a number of remarkable exhibitions. This time, it is particularly special. For the first time, art lovers… Continue reading “Icons of the Radical Right: Christoph Blocher and the SVP”

Icons of Radical Right-Wing Populism: Pat Buchanan, the Political Horse Whisperer

Much has been written about Steve Bannon’s influence on the worldview and policies of Donald Trump.  Much less about the man who David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times, a few years ago characterized as “the most influential public intellectual in America today”. The reference is to Pat Buchanan, the perennial thorn in the… Continue reading “Icons of Radical Right-Wing Populism: Pat Buchanan, the Political Horse Whisperer”

Icons of radical right-wing populism: Maurice Barrès

In the third of CARR’s series looking at the ‘Icons of the Radical Right’, Professor Hans-Georg Betz takes a look at the life and times of French radical right novelist, journalist and politician Auguste-Maurice Barrès (19 August 1862 – 4 December 1923). It is autumn 1891. A man is found dead in a cemetery on the outskirts of… Continue reading “Icons of radical right-wing populism: Maurice Barrès”

Benito Mussolini, Dr. hc: Switzerland, the Fascist Temptation and the Populist Right

The Pareto optimum is one of the best-known concepts in economics. It is named after Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian social scientist considered one of the founders of microeconomics. What is perhaps less know is that Pareto taught at the University of Lausanne (canton of Vaud), one of Switzerland’s oldest universities. In 1904, Pareto had an… Continue reading “Benito Mussolini, Dr. hc: Switzerland, the Fascist Temptation and the Populist Right”

Did The Streatham Terrorist Get Further Radicalized In Prison?

Sudesh Amman was released from prison before his attack in early February, raising questions of whether prison was an incubator for his radicalization. The horrific terror attack that took place last month, has again shone a light on our prison system and the radicalization process. Sudesh Amman, the man responsible for the attack in Streatham,… Continue reading “Did The Streatham Terrorist Get Further Radicalized In Prison?”

Taboo Breakers: How The Right Is Eroding Norms Of Decency

The radical right has broken taboos in order to introduce harsh repressive norms that give them a license to pursue their regressive agenda. Taboos are complex social and cultural constructions. They involve subtle prohibitions derived from supposedly accepted common standards of behavior. They protect society from excess and bestow a sense of identity upon its… Continue reading “Taboo Breakers: How The Right Is Eroding Norms Of Decency”

Australia’s Own Brand of Radical Populism

Unlike radical right-wing populism in Western Europe, Australia’s “Hansonism” is largely a one-woman show, almost completely dependent on Pauline Hanson’s personality and appeal. She has been called a “mischievous troublemaker, an “embarrassment” to the country, and just a plain racist. The referent of these diatribes is neither France’s Marine Le Pen nor Rocío Monasterio, the… Continue reading “Australia’s Own Brand of Radical Populism”

Analyzing YouTube “Rekt” Videos as a Vector for Radicalization

As media platforms evolve and mature, they give birth to new expressive forms shaped by the exigencies of their technological and political-economic regimes. The dramatic and affective flows of American television, for example, emerged in the twentieth century to suit an advertising-based profit model, which is itself the outcome of complex regulatory and commercial origins.… Continue reading “Analyzing YouTube “Rekt” Videos as a Vector for Radicalization”

“Hipster Fascists”: The Normalization Of The Radical Right Isn’t Just Happening In America

Just as neo-Nazis in America have tried to rebrand themselves, the same is happening with the Generation Identity (GI) white supremacist movement in Britain. In a recent article in the Sunday Times, journalist Andrew Gilligan claimed the Generation Identity (GI) movement in Britain was looking to ‘rebrand’ the radical right and thereby ‘normalize’ its extremist… Continue reading ““Hipster Fascists”: The Normalization Of The Radical Right Isn’t Just Happening In America”