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Are Right-Wing Voters Being Duped? Or, Why Sane People Voted Fascist.

It is one of life’s great mysteries why other people vote the way they do, particularly when their favored candidates embrace policies that appear so obviously detrimental to them. ‘The forest was shrinking’, runs an ‘old Turkish proverb’ that has been circulating on the internet in recent months, ‘but the trees kept voting for the… Continue reading “Are Right-Wing Voters Being Duped? Or, Why Sane People Voted Fascist.”

As Sweden Sees More Immigration, The Far Right Sees Opportunity

Given increasing immigration to Europe, an important question is whether objective immigration increases the popularity of radical right parties. This question is especially relevant in Sweden, the country that accepted the largest per capita share of refugees during the so-called European Migrant Crisis of 2015. Sweden’s 2018 national election is only a few months away,… Continue reading “As Sweden Sees More Immigration, The Far Right Sees Opportunity”

The New Phrenology: The U.S., ‘Conversion Therapy,’ and the Radical Right

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to eradicate the “abhorrent” practice of “reparative therapy,” an array of techniques pushed by radical anti-LGBT groups as purported “cures” for homosexuality. Women and Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt called the discredited practice — also known as “conversion” therapy — “abuse of the worse kind” that “must be stamped… Continue reading “The New Phrenology: The U.S., ‘Conversion Therapy,’ and the Radical Right”

Professor Cas Mudde’s 2018 European Populism Tour

Below are a selection of videos from Senior Fellow, Professor Cas Mudde’s, 2018 European Populism tour. This is the third (and last) time Professor Mudde has conducted such events, which this time involved 18 lectures, 15 media interviews and 9 roundtables and workshops. The tours are linked to the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award Professor Mudde… Continue reading “Professor Cas Mudde’s 2018 European Populism Tour”

When Are We Going To Take The Threat of The Radical Right Seriously?

Since the events of 9/11 in the USA and 7/7 in the UK, considerable public attention has been paid to issues relating to terrorism, radicalisation, and extremism. As the threats posed by Islamist terrorists have been visible and dramatic, counter-terrorism measures have tended to focus on Muslim communities. In the process of this almost single-minded emphasis,… Continue reading “When Are We Going To Take The Threat of The Radical Right Seriously?”

The Hidden Success of the Far Right’s “Free Tommy” Campaign

If you thought the campaign to free Tommy Robinson was a failure, think again. On June 9, London saw a convergence of thousands of demonstrators to protest the jailing of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known to most as Tommy Robinson, formerly of the radical-right English Defence League (EDL). Robinson had been arrested for breach of the peace… Continue reading “The Hidden Success of the Far Right’s “Free Tommy” Campaign”

Endgames in Germany: bringing down Merkel

The CSU’s position is weak – but unfortunately, not weak enough to not bring down Angela Merkel. Earlier this year, Angela Merkel finally managed to put together a grand coalition between Germany’s traditional mainstream parties: the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU); and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD). It is a coalition already living on borrowed time.… Continue reading “Endgames in Germany: bringing down Merkel”

Could the Copeland case have helped to track down the NSU terrorists?

On the afternoon of 9 June 2004, a nail bomb exploded on vibrant Keupstrasse in Cologne, Germany, a business centre for the city’s Turkish community. 22 people were injured, some of them severely; purely by luck, no one was killed. In the hours afterwards, it was widely discussed in the German media whether this could… Continue reading “Could the Copeland case have helped to track down the NSU terrorists?”

Dr Paul Jackson Shares His Five Reasons to Study the History of Fascism

Gale Cengage’s Political Extremism Archive is important, as it is a major step forward in how people like me can teach, and research, the history of fascism. But why do we need to study this history? Why should universities invest in teaching students about fascism? I want to set out five key reasons why I… Continue reading “Dr Paul Jackson Shares His Five Reasons to Study the History of Fascism”