Matthew Feldman

Professor Matthew Feldman is a specialist on fascist ideology and radical-right extremism, and he the director of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). A longstanding feature of his work is a record of public engagement and policy-based impact, including briefings for various governmental bodies, reports for leading NGOs, expert testimony in more than a dozen radical-right trials and several hundred media interviews. An emeritus professor in the modern history of ideas, he is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including three book-length studies and more than 40 peer-reviewed articles or academic book chapters. His second collection of essays, “Politics, Intellectuals and Faith,” appeared in spring 2020.

The Godfather of Fascist Terrorism

August 17, 2021

For one of the first times in history, an individual has been designated as a terrorist entity. Late in June, Canada added a 68-year-old resident of Denver, Colorado, to its list of proscribed terrorist entities. The individual in question is James Mason; he is a thrice-convicted jailbird with a felonious...

Christianism: The Elephant in the Extremism Room

July 01, 2021

I contend that my subject matter is something of an elephant in our global room, but I should warn that it is equally a thoroughly unhappy one: religiously-inspired, revolutionary political violence. For nearly 20 years now, scarcely a day has gone by without reportage on Islamism. This type of extremism...

Heil the Trump Victory

December 15, 2016

Donald Trump’s victory has provoked a sectarian struggle over American Jewish values. The recent, unexpected election of Donald J. Trump to the US presidency has aroused widespread fear, anxiety and, not infrequently, derision on the part of political observers—both at home and abroad. Why? At first, the answers seem obvious...

Islam and the Far Right: Is Bigotry Back?

November 28, 2016

Is the media responsible for the far-right backlash following acts of terrorism? *[Please refer to the mini gallery on the right for the relevant graphs.] In 2016 the different types of far-right extremism and its new, lowest-common denominator, anti-Muslim hate incidents, have taken leaps and bounds toward the mainstream. Many of...

Radicalization in a Historical Context

June 27, 2016

Is radicalization necessarily a bad thing?  Following the pusillanimous and gristly assassination of Jo Cox, member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire, the subject of radicalization is prominent in British news once more. This ought not to surprise: The arrested and charged suspect, Thomas Mair, allegedly had...

Doublespeak: Radical Right Rhetoric Today

August 09, 2015

How do radical political movements mask their racist rhetoric? Let us depart from a truism: Modern politics relies enormously upon shaping “the message” toward targeted groups and constituencies. Whether it’s the Labour Party’s “Controls on Immigration” or the Tories’ “blue collar cabinet,” on either side of the recent 2015 General...

Practice and Practitioners of Holocaust Denial

May 14, 2015

Debating with Holocaust deniers may be pointless, but trying to understand their motives and arguments is not. Each year, I take a vote in my “The Third Reich, 1933-1945” module at Teesside University as to whether the subject of Holocaust denial should replace an existing lecture on the development of Nazism’s...

How Should Europeans Respond to the Paris Attacks?

January 10, 2015

Europe should unite around its values of tolerance and individual freedom to counter radicalism. On January 7, gunmen attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, including two police officers. The incident was the most devastating act of terrorism in France in half a century. Two...

Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent: Herald of Contemporary Terrorism? (Part 2/2)

May 20, 2014

What can a 1907 novel teach us about contemporary terrorism? [Read part one here.] Now, turning to other themes in The Secret Agent, these seem, equally, downplayed in critical discussion of the novel, yet central to debates about contemporary terrorism. With respect to the latter, three terrorist incidents in London over...

Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent: Herald of Contemporary Terrorism? (Part 1/2)

April 10, 2014

What can a 1907 novel teach us about contemporary terrorism? The modernist author Joseph Conrad "can be read," British philosopher John Gray provocatively argued, "as the first great political novelist of the twenty-first century." The case set out for this agonistic view in his 2002 "Joseph Conrad: Our Contemporary" departs...

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