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The historian Timothy Mason once described the Nazi regime as “politics without administration”. For Hitler’s inner circle, he wrote, the traits of systemisation, regularity, and calculability in government were seen as limiting their ability to wield power.

The regime “characteristically produced both non-policies or evasions… or sudden and drastic decisions in the government machine”. By the end, the Third Reich disintegrated into an aggregation of unco-ordinated task forces and political responsibility became “increasingly blurred”. (1)

Reading Michael Wolff’s account of Trump’s role in the insurrection of 6 January 2021, published yesterday by New York Magazine, we are immediately plunged back…

Gen. Mark Milley confronts matt Gaetz in Congress

“He’s not just a pig, he’s stupid,” said far-right FOX News host Tucker Carlson. The target was not some hapless liberal commentator, lured on to the channel for entertainment value. It was General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and America’s most senior officer.

The trigger for Carlson’s spite was something we’re all going to have to get our heads around, even in Europe where it’s little discussed and has so far provoked little far right vitriol: Critical Race Theory.

The sequence of events: for weeks FOX news has been stirring up a parents’ revolt against the…

With the booing of England players for taking the knee at the start of the Romania match, Britain’s summer of racist bullshit just got under way in earnest. It will escalate with every Euro2020 fixture, coinciding with the spectacle of no fewer than five (!) far right candidates standing in the Batley and Spen by election, which ends on 1 July.

Try as you might, you will not be able to ignore the central question: is taking the knee “Marxist”? It will polarise every pub, every living room and provide live ammunition for every grifting right-wing radio host. …

Rishi Sunak has spilled the beans to the Sunday Times on the tax-raising measures he plans for this week’s Budget. The details mean the Labour leadership and the left should stop arguing about corporation tax and start arguing with the British people about an alternative.

Sunak further stimulus plans include:

  • £15bn to extend furlough, VAT exemptions etc until the end of June
  • £22bn capital/guarantees for national infrastructure bank
  • £5bn in grants to small businesses hit by the lockdown
  • a £94bn “green savings bond” to raise money targeted at offshore wind, energy storage etc

But the payload of the Budget leak…

With impeccable timing The Economist has splashed its front cover today with the headline: “The threat from the illiberal left”.

Sure, in Texas, they just cancelled abortion rights and set bounty hunters to round up health workers. Sure, last night in Budapest, a wall of uniformed fascists hurled missiles at England’s multi-ethnic football team.

But what’s important right now is to attack wokeness. For that’s what the associated leader column does.

An unwary reader might have assumed this was going to be a polemic on radical leftists like Corbyn, Lula, Melenchon or Ocasio-Cortes. But the target is closer to home.

“I celebrate every time the gay American regime is embarassed,” wrote the US far-right activist Vincent James last week, adding: “You should too.”

There’s an obvious reason why the far-right extremists in the USA are celebrating the Taliban’s victory. It has punctured a hole in the credibility of the Biden administration and seriously damaged Western belief in a rules-based global order.

With 18 American states passing voter suppression laws since January, and the Republican right falling over themselves to exonerate the Capitol Hill insurrection, US fascism can see a path back to its preferred “new normal”: right-wing populism in control…

Football, imperialism and Englishness, then and now

Georgian far right activists storm and destroy Pride HQ

As proof copies of How To Stop Fascism hit the doorsteps of reviewers, there’s been a predictable reaction, exemplified by Ed West’s article for Unherd, entitled “Fascism isn’t coming”.

In it, myself and the antifascist academics Tim Snyder and Jason Stanley are accused of crying wolf over the far-right danger.

The fascist groups are small, says West. Trump is merely a “national populist” and has left the scene. Fascism was expansionist, violent and youthful, while modern right-wing populism is the opposite — defensive, democratic and prevalent among the elderly.

Echoing Francis Fukuyama, West attributes progressive concern over the far right…

13.06.2020: White nationalists ‘defend’ Churchill’s statue against #BLM

A report from the UK parliament’s Education Committee has slammed the concept of “white privilege” and warned schools and charities that they may breach the 2010 Equality Act if they teach children about its existence.

Coming just weeks after a government-inspired quango denied the existence of systematic racism in Britain, the direction of travel in the culture war is clear. The “white working class” — a sociological fiction now portrayed as fact — will become a group with “protected characteristics” under the law, making nonsense of forty years of anti-racist activism and legislation.

Discrimination against white people, always unlawful under…

Outline of a talk at the Critical University 15 May 2021

If we go back to March 18th, and look at the famous imagery of the National Guard on their barricades, we’re only seeing one half of the story. This is the French labour movement as it saw itself: orderly, respectable and quite obviously gendered — the men have the guns, flags and uniforms, the women and children stand to the side.

The battalions were rooted in local communities but, as Martin Phillip Johnson shows, there was a lot of crossover — so that a man in one area might…



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