John Foster / 05 Jan 2024

Decline Into Fascism

Paul Lynch’s Prophet Song

Paul Lynch’s Prophet Song is a truly horrifying novel. Set in Ireland in the throes of a far-right takeover, it resonates with present-day traumas that make it difficult, at times devastating, to read.(...)

Keith Kahn-Harris / 07 Mar 2022

Putin Comes Clean

From Denial to Invasion

Invasion is an act of commitment. To send troops in, to kill, to seek to dominate, is to rule out alternative courses of action, perhaps forever.(...)

Duncan Simpson / 08 Sep 2021

Ideological Upheaval

Pandemic Rebels and Fascist Longings

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, opposition to anti-contagion efforts has been led by a small number of fringe groups and quasi-movements linked together by social media.(...)

Bad and worse. Poland, 2012.
Karolina Zbytniewska / 07 Oct 2019

The Promise of Populism

Iron Curtain Lessons

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of populism. Frequently used as a synonym for fascism, it is not as consistent as the press would have it. Especially behind the former Iron Curtain.(...)