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Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn

  • July 28, 2019
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There are many reasons to despise and resist the rightwing ‘populist’ politics that are poisoning democracies across the world in the second decade of the 21st century.  The racism and white supremacism that so often underpins these movements; the dehumanisation of immigrants; the authoritarianism; the deep seam of dishonesty if not outright corruption that so often seeps through their ‘antiestablishment’ agendas; the anti-intellectualism, paranoia, and fanaticism; the nationalist hubris, the gloating cruelty and spurious victimhood –  all these tendencies pose a direct a clear and present danger to democratic politics, to social coexistence,  to...

Extinctions

Extinctions

  • May 07, 2019
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For rightwing media commentators steeped in climate change denialism – and let’s face it most of them are -the Extinction Rebellion protests and the involvement of children and young people in the school strikes movement have been an object of scorn and derision.

Some of these esteemed pundits, like Brendan O’Neill from Spooked Online, will tell...

We Need to Talk About Spiked

We Need to Talk About Spiked

  • April 23, 2019
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There was a time when I thought of Brendan O’Neill and the Spiked Online crowd as a freakish but curious anomaly in the British media.

Occasionally I wondered how a former leftist sect once known for publishing apologetics for war crimes was able to reinvent itself as a pseudo-contrarian thinktank peddling rightwing strawman arguments in order...

Rightwing Populism:  Your Climate Change Non-Solutions

Rightwing Populism: Your Climate Change Non-Solutions

  • April 05, 2019
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There are many urgent reasons to oppose the rightwing populist movements that are gaining ground across Europe and beyond: their racism and hostility to minorities, their anti-Muslim bigotry, their authoritarianism, their incipient fascism, their hostility to democracy, the antisemitism that so often seeps through their opposition to ‘globalism’.

But there is another reason that tends to...

Drill Baby Drill: Donald Trump’s Sociopathic Gaze

Drill Baby Drill: Donald Trump’s Sociopathic Gaze

  • February 07, 2019
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There are many reasons why the rise of populist ethnonationalism and authoritarianism is bad news.   But one reason which tends to receive little attention is the impact of this phenomenon on the environment.

For some time now, we have become accustomed – too accustomed – to a relentless stream of alarming reports on the future of...

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