David Renton – The New Authoritarians: Convergence on the right




Event Date: 15 – 17 May 2019
Richmond University – The American University in London
Queen’s Rd,
Richmond TW10 6JP

The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right in partnership with Richmond, the American University in London presents:

A Century of Radical Right Extremism: New Approaches

Dr David Renton (Historian and Barrister, Garden Court chambers) – The New Authoritarians: Convergence on the right

This talk argues that the following factors have been working together to facilitate the growth of the far right:

The internationalisation of the far right; so that increasingly funds, speakers and other movement infrastructure are shared across borders

The relegation of fascism within the far right; so that key activists are shaped not by the memory of 1939-45, but by an Islamophobic post-9/11 agenda

A reconstitution of the left and the right as political categories, including a convergence (i.e. alliance) between parts of the mainstream right and the far right

These main themes are illustrated with examples from the 2019 European election campaign and the success (or otherwise) of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group.



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