The Far Right’s Alternative History

Breaking Down Populism in the Time of COVID

The Metapolitics of the Far Right

January 29, 2020

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...

Democracy Faces a Global Crisis

June 14, 2019

Democracy faces a global crisis. And this crisis couldn’t be coming at a worse time. If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump — or Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Matteo Salvini in Italy — you probably think that democracy has never been in better health. Recent elections in these countries...

The Populist Radical Right Is an Electoral Threat That Is Here to Stay

June 04, 2019

In the 2019 European Parliament elections, populist radical-right parties have further increased their vote shares. Academic scholarship and media coverage of the populist radical right has expanded considerably in the past few years, due to its rising prominence in global politics. In the 2019...

Like Ancient Greece, Modern Society Is Still Enthralled by Demagogues

May 23, 2019

Judging by the success of populist parties around the world, their demagoguery works. In thinking about the rise of populism against centrist politics today, it is interesting to remind ourselves that similar divisions occurred in Ancient Greek philosophy. Aristotle, who lived in the 3rd...

Why We Shouldn’t Call the Far Right an Unpopular Minority

September 14, 2018

Framing far-right populist parties as just an unpopular minority downplays the actual impact the rise of far-right populism has already had on European societies. Images of violent far-right groups marching the streets in Germany and the strong performance of the populist far-right Sweden...

How Democracies Die Around the World

August 15, 2018

How Democracies Die is less about preaching to the choir and more about encouraging voters to re-examine their thinking. The New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, provides a fascinating analysis of threats to democracy in comparative...

What Drives the Politics of Rage?

July 19, 2018

In the past, emotions in politics were too often negatively defined, dismissed as symptoms of immaturity and irrationality.  "I'm mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” shouts news anchor Howard Beale in the 1975 movie Network. Thousands of ordinary people follow his lead,...

Next Stop for the Global Bernie Movement: Mexico?

June 28, 2018

After many disappointments, the left-populist alternative looks primed for a big win in Mexico.  Right-wing populists are all the rage these days. Donald Trump and his spleen control the White House, while his counterparts have taken over in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Colombia, India and...

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