Tag: Anti-Islam

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”

Alternative epistemologies of the radical right: how grand narratives and the quest for truth offer recognition and a sense of belonging 

In early 2019, during ethnographic fieldwork on radical right movements in Australia, I attended a far-right rally against allegedly “African gang crimes” in Melbourne. I spoke to a young man in his 20s about his reasons for taking part in the protest. In response he alluded that the problem was much bigger than the criminal… Continue reading “Alternative epistemologies of the radical right: how grand narratives and the quest for truth offer recognition and a sense of belonging “

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”

Cancel Morrissey? – controversy over music and free speech

These controversies persist because Morrissey has been able to continue to make statements in interviews, and to publicise even more on his website. On the iconic Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival this year, The Killer’s lead singer Brandon Flowers was joined by The Smiths Johnny Marr for a rendition of ‘This Charming Man.’ In a… Continue reading “Cancel Morrissey? – controversy over music and free speech”

Extreme Right Aware Training Course, 20 September 2019

The extreme right in Britain has changed and developed in recent times, while its impact can be felt across a wide variety of professions. From policing to teaching, and from healthcare to law, many professionals can find themselves dealing with people with extreme right activists, or whose lives have been affected by the consequences of… Continue reading “Extreme Right Aware Training Course, 20 September 2019”

Why the next terror manifesto could be even harder to track

© Pete Linforth | Pixabay Just before his shooting spree at two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques, the alleged mass murderer posted a hate-filled manifesto on several file-sharing sites, and emailed the document to at least 30 people, including New Zealand’s prime minister. He also posted on several social media sites links to the manifesto and… Continue reading “Why the next terror manifesto could be even harder to track”

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”

Analysis of Anti-Muslim Images and Text on Facebook

Decent people everywhere are still reeling from the tragic, senseless violence of Christchurch massacre. It appears that the accused killer was a product of the violent, hateful meme culture of the radical right online. Furthermore, he chose to livestream his rampage on a favorite platform used by anti-Muslim extremists: Facebook. Unfortunately, for many of us… Continue reading “Analysis of Anti-Muslim Images and Text on Facebook”

The Yellow Vest phenomenon and the radical right

Alexander Gauland publicly supported the protests, while Princess Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein, patron of the AfD in the Land of Schleswig-Holstein, posted a photograph of herself wearing a yellow vest. So-called ‘yellow vest’ movements are now active across the globe. Beginning in France on 17 November 2018, the ‘yellow vests’ (named after the fluorescent safety vests French… Continue reading “The Yellow Vest phenomenon and the radical right”