Category: Insights

Bolsonaro: Radical Right-Wing Populism reaches Brazil

In October Brazilians will vote for president in particularly troubled election. It is the first ballot after Dilma Rousseff’s controversy impeachment, which put into power the unpopular interim Michel Temer. Besides, Lula, the first candidate in the polls, is in prison and was barred from running the election.  Finally, it is the first time that… Continue reading “Bolsonaro: Radical Right-Wing Populism reaches Brazil”

Pride Against Prejudice: Swedish Superhero Episode Strikes Against the Radical Right

He punched a Polish nationalist with a rainbow-coloured Pride-flag. When superhero The Phantom(‘Fantomen’) in a recent Swedish episode of his comic-adventures (“The Golden Eagle”, 9:2018) made a bold statement against the European radical right and its ideological positions, the makers were accused of disseminating ‘left-wing extremist ideas’. Social media activism temporarily boiled over, lamenting that The… Continue reading “Pride Against Prejudice: Swedish Superhero Episode Strikes Against the Radical Right”

The Curious Case of Daryl Davis, the Black Man Befriending Members of the KKK

Richard Wilson Preston Jr. is not a nice guy. When the imperial wizard of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan came to the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago, he was spoiling for a fight. “I will go out and shoot you,” he fumes in one video. “I’m… Continue reading “The Curious Case of Daryl Davis, the Black Man Befriending Members of the KKK”

From Imperialism to Transnational White Nativism: The context of the Radical Right reaction to the “Rivers of Blood

Four days after Enoch Powell gave his infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, The Timesquoted A.K. Chesterton, chairman of the National Front (NF): ‘What Mr. Powell has said does not vary at all from our views’.[1] In his speech Powell railed against Commonwealth immigration and indicted those who he believed responsible for the situation. While the… Continue reading “From Imperialism to Transnational White Nativism: The context of the Radical Right reaction to the “Rivers of Blood”

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”

“Just Joking” Is No Joke: How the alt-right really communicates online

The alt-right has been perhaps the most successful rebranding of fascist ideology since the Axis dénouement of 1945. Fascism has been a vexatious term for almost as long as fascist movements have existed, historically resistant to definition and typically now used as either an insult or political hyperbole. Yet the utility of the term as… Continue reading ““Just Joking” Is No Joke: How the alt-right really communicates online”

Remembering Janusz Korzcak and the victims of the Treblinka Extermination Camp

At this time of the year – August – I try to remember Janusz Korczak, who perished in the Treblinka death camp in the same month of 1942, along with the children of his orphanage and his staff. This is for them. Janusz Korczak was the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit, physician, writer and educator,… Continue reading “Remembering Janusz Korzcak and the victims of the Treblinka Extermination Camp”

This Flag Is Your Flag, This Flag Is My Flag: The Alt-Right’s Appropriation of the American Flag

When reporters attempted to interview two protestors at the ‘white civil rights rally’, otherwise known as Unite the Right 2, on 12 August in Washington, D.C., the men obscured their faces behind American flags and refused to answer. These men were not alone in their tight grip on the American flag; almost every single radical right… Continue reading “This Flag Is Your Flag, This Flag Is My Flag: The Alt-Right’s Appropriation of the American Flag”

An unclosed case: Bomb attack on immigrants in Düsseldorf 18 years ago remains unresolved

When German media examined the NSU verdict in July 2018, another trial came to an end, which went almost unobserved. This related to the unsuccessful attempt to prosecute a bomb attack in Düsseldorf as far as the year 2000. The defendant, a 52 year old right-wing extremist named Ralf S., was acquitted. He was alleged… Continue reading “An unclosed case: Bomb attack on immigrants in Düsseldorf 18 years ago remains unresolved”