Chamila Liyanage

Chamila Liyanage is a researcher, author, and a practitioner and policy fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). Educated at University of London under the research supervision received from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College, London, she currently works at Radical-R: Radicalisation Research, applying the principles of content marketing to develop contents, tools and virtual systems that contribute to prevent violent radicalization in the grassroots. She has research experience in post-Cold War secessionist conflicts, post-9/11 religious extremism and the current visibility of the radical right.

The Cult of Kek: An Archaic Belief System for an Alt-Right “New Age”

Pepe the Frog, the green character in Matt Furie's "Boy's Club" cartoons, is familiar on the internet. The alt-right started to use it to symbolize their battle against political correctness as well as the principles of liberty, equality and justice — the founding values of liberal democracy. The alt-right aims to restore traditional hierarchical society and a racial state. Pepe the Frog... Continue Reading

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Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

The year 2020 has thrown the world into disarray, with a severe pandemic creating many unforeseen challenges. The COVID-19 plague has so far infected nearly 30 million people worldwide, with the death toll climbing toward a million. With rising unemployment and sector-specific industry liquidations, economic forecasts predict a grim picture ahead, even for the affluent West. As Francis Fukuyama... Continue Reading

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The Metapolitics of the Far Right

Humans have always tried to understand and live their finite lives in relation to infinite possibilities — what could happen, what if, perhaps. Infinite possibilities are unknown unless brought to light through contemplation. For instance, contemplating the future is one of those mindful exercises that may highlight possibilities, probabilities and certainties. Such... Continue Reading

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Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right

Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the triumph of liberal democracy in his 1992 seminal classic, “The End of History and the Last Man.” He argued that the legitimacy of liberal democracy had become unrivalled after defeating oppressive political ideologies such as fascism and communism. Democracy, upheld by its principles of liberty, equality and justice, was hailed as the metaphorical... Continue Reading

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The Radical Right Makes a Comeback in Sri Lanka

Opposition to the postwar liberal world order seems like the new back to normal, as it is based on a natural impulse to shut out the feared “other” in order to be safe, rather than recklessly open and vulnerable. Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky notes why this back to normal is natural and instinctive. He cites John Mitrani to examine “human group identity … in-group bias … ... Continue Reading

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8chan: Where the Appalling Becomes Appealing

8chan is one of the most notorious message boards on the internet. Its contents include subjects ranging from extremist political ideas to extreme pornography. Unsurprisingly, it stands by the slogan “Embrace Infamy.” Visitors receive an equally intriguing salutation: “Welcome to 8chan, the Darkest Reaches of the Internet.” 8chan’s ability to bring the worst of the human mind out into... Continue Reading

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