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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 one of various organisations which upholds the idea that ‘low birth rates of German and European people and simultaneous massive Muslim immigration will turn us into minorities in our own countries in a few decades.’

While claiming that he condemned...

Guest Post:  Catalonia, the Trials of Shame

Guest Post: Catalonia, the Trials of Shame

  • February 11, 2019
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This week the first trials of Catalan government officials, politicians, parliamentarians, police officials and civic activists for charges relating to the 1 October 2017 independence referendum begin in Madrid.  This is a guest post from my good friend Andreu Jené, giving a Catalan perspective on these events, with my translation.

Cartoon credit:  Paco Santero 

 

Tomorrow the first...

You Won, Get Over It

You Won, Get Over It

  • January 20, 2019
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There are some historical laws that can’t be avoided, and one of them is this: that if a country aspires towards something that is objectively impossible, sooner or later that impossibility, like gravity,  will impose itself in ways that are impossible to resist or ignore.

You might be able to get away with this for a...

Our Man in Budapest

Our Man in Budapest

  • January 12, 2019
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As a general rule, whenever politicians tell you that they want to protect your culture or your civilisation with walls and fences, it’s a good idea to pat your wallet and check that it’s still there.

One minute you’re staring into their eyes and nodding approvingly as they tell you that your heritage and your identity...

El Cid Meets Donald Trump:  Fascism Returns to Spain

El Cid Meets Donald Trump: Fascism Returns to Spain

  • January 10, 2019
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Until recently Spain was something of an anomaly in the ‘new’ populist/far-right European politics.  Despite – or perhaps because of – the recent memory of the Civil War and the decades of dictatorship, it had no explicitly far-right party of any influence.

Even the Partido Popular (PP), which swept up much of the post-Franco right, was...

Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island

  • February 28, 2018
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I haven’t written anything on this site for a while now.  It’s actually rather difficult to know what to write when confronted with the astonishing spectacle of national self-destruction that is unfolding in front of our eyes.  Nowadays hardly a day passes without another  reminder that the UK has entered a new political dimension in which...

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