Category: Insights

Revisiting the Authoritarian Personality: Pseudoconservatism and QAnon

In his latest piece on Adorno’s Authoritarian Personality, CARR Doctoral Fellow, Andrew Woods, unpacks Adorno’s definition of pseudoconservatism and determines whether we can use this concept to understand those who follow QAnon. Introduction  The authors of the famous 1950 study The Authoritarian Personality (AP)—Theodor Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel J. Levinson, and Nevitt Sanford—hypothesize that it is… Continue reading “Revisiting the Authoritarian Personality: Pseudoconservatism and QAnon”

Grieving Greater Hungary: Trianon, Orbán, and the Hungarian radical right

Ideas of Hungarism and the reformation of ‘Greater Hungary’ are now central to Hungary’s radical right, and not just at the fringes… In the Hungarian collective memory, few events evoke as much emotion as the Treaty of Trianon. Referring to the peace treaty signed at the Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles on 4th June 1920,… Continue reading “Grieving Greater Hungary: Trianon, Orbán, and the Hungarian radical right”

Collecting Hate – The Ethics of Archiving and Researching on the Radical and Far Right

Introduction As a research centre focused on the far right and anti-fascism, the Searchlight Archive at the University of Northampton has increasingly come up against questions of the ethics involved in collecting and researching extremist material. At the inaugural Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) conference in 2019, the Searchlight Archive panel… Continue reading “Collecting Hate – The Ethics of Archiving and Researching on the Radical and Far Right”

How COVID and Syria Conspiracy Theories Introduce Fascism to the Left. Part 2: The Red-Brown Media Spectrum

This part of the series describes what is truly the heart of red-brownism; a seemingly chaotic, and even contradictory populist blend of (ultra-)nationalists with mixed or unclear left/right political alignments. This is where you find things that just boggle and shock the brain but nonetheless, as we will see, are, for some actors, part of… Continue reading “How COVID and Syria Conspiracy Theories Introduce Fascism to the Left. Part 2: The Red-Brown Media Spectrum”

Right Rising Podcast (Season One, Episode Two): What Exactly is the “Radical Right”?

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Guest Dr. Eviane Leidig joins Right Rising to break down some key terms used by scholars when talking about the “radical right.” Along with host Augusta Dell’Omo, Eviane helps us with concepts like “extreme,” “radical,” and “far right,” and gives us some examples of right-wing groups that fit into these categories. But… Continue reading “Right Rising Podcast (Season One, Episode Two): What Exactly is the “Radical Right”?”

Countering the Radical Right in the UK: Personal and Professional Experiences of Radical Right Extremism

Following the arrest of one of its UK based followers last year, an organisation described by the Home Secretary as a “vile white supremacist group” that targeted young and vulnerable people online, became the most recent organisation to be proscribed under UK laws. Led by a 13-year-old based in Northern Europe, the organisation advocated the… Continue reading “Countering the Radical Right in the UK: Personal and Professional Experiences of Radical Right Extremism”

QAnon has gone from fringe conspiracy to full-blown cult

Attempts to ban and censor the group have only given it more power and helped usher in a new era of the far right. On 12 August, Donald Trump endorsed a congressional candidate from Georgia, the victor in a Republican primary runoff held the previous day. Like an alarmingly increasing number of congressional hopefuls and… Continue reading “QAnon has gone from fringe conspiracy to full-blown cult”