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Springtime for Fascists

Springtime for Fascists

  • March 23, 2019
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It’s become something of a cliché to look back on Nazi Germany and shake our heads and ask how the country of Goethe and Beethoven could have descended into barbarism.  There are obviously very specific historical reasons why Germany took the path it did, but there is also a more universal lesson that can be...

Lexit: the Disaster Utopia

Lexit: the Disaster Utopia

  • March 21, 2019
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There is in every society , and at every historical period, a yearning for collapse and calamity – or at least a fascination with these possibilities.  Our fascination with things falling apart is sometimes based on a vague awareness that the prospect of disaster is never as far away as we think.  But there is...

The ‘Great Replacement’: a Recipe for Murder

The ‘Great Replacement’: a Recipe for Murder

  • March 18, 2019
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Historically speaking, few things are entirely new under the sun, and the paranoid fantasies of the ‘great replacement’ and ‘white genocide’ that have gained new publicity as a result of the Christchurch murders are no exception.   On Friday Newsnight interviewed Benjamin Jones, the UK leader of the alt-group Generation Identity about the murders.  GI is...

From Christchurch to the White House

From Christchurch to the White House

  • March 15, 2019
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The disgusting murders of 49 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch  are further evidence of a growing threat of far-right extremism that has rarely received the same level of media and political attention as its jihadist counterpart.

It’s become a cliché in far-right and conservative circles to claim that ‘Islam is not a race’, that Islamophobia is a...

One Nation Under a Gove

One Nation Under a Gove

  • March 14, 2019
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Whenever I hear politicians invoke ‘ the national interest’ I tend to reach for the metaphorical salt cellar.  It’s not that I don’t believer there is such a thing, but ‘the national interest’ is one of those empty box phrases, like ‘national security’ or ‘the public interest’ that politicians can fill with whatever they want,...

England Kaputt

England Kaputt

  • March 09, 2019
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As I write it’s now exactly 20 days, 8 hours and 32 minutes until the UK leaves the European Union.   At 11 pm GMT on 29 March, unless parliament somehow finds a unity of purpose next week that it has not shown for nearly three years,  all EU rules and regulations will instantly cease to...

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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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