How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

October 04, 2019

The recent publication of the British Social Attitudes Survey offered dismal reading for the Church of England and British Christianity more broadly. As Polly Toynbee put it in The Guardian, the findings showed that Christianity in Britain was in rapid retreat. In little more than a decade, the...

Radical-Right Radicalization, From the Domestic to the Global

September 24, 2019

Radical-right radicalization has quickly moved from being a fringe domestic phenomenon to a mainstream global movement. The radical right, albeit always internationally connected and aligned across individual states, has over the last decade moved to increasingly intertangled structures, not only...

How Crime Helps Finance Radical-Right Terrorism

September 16, 2019

Little research has been done on the financing of radical-right terrorist groups, especially when it comes to Germany. However, the finding within terrorism research that “money is the lifeblood of any organization, including the ones waging clandestine wars,” as Dipak K. Gupta puts it, also...

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

September 12, 2019

In 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump posted a rather enigmatic tweet about“farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers” by the South African government. What initially seemed puzzling was soon everywhere. A few days later, during the former UK...

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...

What the Radical Right Thinks About Climate Change

June 06, 2019

Accusations of irrationalism, leveled against those in favor of climate change policies, make up the single most prominent argument. Research on climate change communication by radical-right actors, be they party or non-party, anti-liberal or anti-democratic, is still in its infancy. Indeed, so...

Dark Visions: The Historical Precursor to Europe’s Radical Right

April 25, 2019

Euroskepticism is often discussed, particularly in the context of the ongoing Brexit debate, as a right-wing political cause. However, the recent maneuverings of the European authoritarian right ahead of the EU parliamentary elections in May suggest an attempt by the radical right to seize the...

The Far Right Has a History of Infiltrating the British Army

March 21, 2019

The far right recognizes the value, both in training and in terms of access to arms and equipment, that active and former soldiers bring to its organizations. In early October 2018, a photo emerged that showed former leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy...

Why Is the Far Right Losing Voters in Belgium?

January 22, 2019

Belgium presents a “negative” case where the radical right has experienced a downward electoral spiral. The majority of recent research has focused on the rise of populist radical-right parties in contemporary European politics. Recent cases such as Italy (Northern League), Austria (The...

When the Radical Right Shows Up

October 11, 2018

The presence of radical-right groups at academic conferences raises a difficult dilemma for organizers seeking to balance the limits to freedom of expression. Over the course of the year, far-right groups in Quebec appear to have been systematically attempting to intimidate journalists and...

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