- May 07, 2019
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 you that environmental activists are millenarian cultists who ‘hate the modern world’. Others see the presence of adolescents and children in the tv studios as a sign of cultural and intellectual reversion to collective infantilism.
What cynics, these sages ask sadly,...
- April 23, 2019
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...
- April 05, 2019
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...
- February 07, 2019
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...