When Free Speech Becomes Hate Speech

July 30, 2019

As the recent furor surrounding British comedian Jo Brand’s comments on the BBC Radio 4 Heresy program attest, there is very little clarity about what does — and, importantly, what does not — constitute hate speech. In what was clearly a joke, Brand asked why anyone would bother throwing a...

Tommy Robinson and the Transformation of the British Far Right

September 20, 2018

Tommy Robinson has been transformed into a truly global figure, a purported martyr for the dispossessed and the most influential radical-right leader in Britain since Sir Oswald Mosley. Following Tommy Robinson’s imprisonment in May for contempt of court, the #FreeTommy campaign demonstrated...

The Transformation of the Northern League

August 21, 2018

The trajectory of Italy's Northern League party is a case study of the complex ways in which perceptions of regional, national and ethnic identity operates in the contemporary politics of the radical right. If you visited Venice in the spring of 2006 during the Italian elections, you could see...

The Underlying Radicalism of Brexit

May 23, 2018

It is impossible to understand the Brexit vote and the political culture that has emerged in its wake without appreciating Britain’s lurch to the right. Earlier this year, an intriguing lens was cast on the nature of radical and far-right ideas in post-Brexit Britain. At the center was a...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: The “Soul-Baring” Nigel Farage

December 18, 2017

Dancing to the beat of Nigel Farage’s special brand of soul music. The Daily Mail offers for our meditation a moral tale in the form of an interview. It recounts the tragic plight and pitiable fate of a famous politician who had the courage and talent to lead a successful campaign that...