I finally read the whole book by @A_SHEKH0VTS0V on the relationship between Russia and the Western far right. It is essential reading for academics, journos, and think tankers working/writing on the topic.
Some quick thoughts. 🧵
routledge.com/Russia-and-the…1. For me personally, it was more insightful on Russia's position on the far right than the far right's position on Russia. This is not just because I know the far right better, but because Anton's analysis of the Kremlin and Russian politics is excellent.
Aug 13 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Transphobia is a gateway drug into the far right.
I am in no way surprised that I have transphobes among my followers.
May 18 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Most non-Americans have no clue how acute and significant the threat to US democracy really is. More problematically, most Americans do not either.
I know many people will find this "alarmist", but I have been studying the far right for almost three decades, and have never been an alarmist - in fact, have often been accused of underestimating it.
May 17 • 33 tweets • 7 min read
Fox News does not need to spread the Great Replacement "Theory" (GRT) anymore as we have all been doing it the last days, giving more exposure to a dangerous conspiracy theory than the terrorist could have ever hoped for.
A personal reflection. 🧵 theguardian.com/us-news/2022/m…1. I have been studying the far right for almost 30 years now, having published academically on it, but also given interviews to media since graduate school. I have made many mistakes along the way, some I know about, many I don't. So, clearly, treat everything with care.
May 16 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
The Great Replacement "Theory" is not just about demographic change or a racist idea that (non-white) immigration is bad.
What sets GRT apart from these much older ideas is that there is an active attempt to change the population to regain or sustain power by a specific elite.
Obviously, racist theories are not new. And countries like the US are founded on racism. And GRT is a racist theory. But it is a SPECIFIC racist theory, which is not very recent, but also not centuries old.
May 5 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
Terrifying! Also, watch the slide show. First, the creepy UF president who refrains from any critique of the bill and then lies that faculty can still teach freely. Second, some of the slides, which clearly make no sense. 🧵
This is an interesting reflection. I also write non-academic books but didn’t experience this kind of pushback —probably because they didn’t really sell (or because I rarely mingle with the Ivy crowd). 😂
I think only thing @jasonintrator is forgetting is that academics are paid to publish “academic” work. I think “trade books” could be complimentary to that but should not replace it. But for academic, these books should build upon academic research, so why not publish that too?
Apr 16 • 24 tweets • 5 min read
This should not be/remain a local story. There will be many more Kim Morissons soon, across “red” America, while many others will self-censure. Students, schools and whole country will suffer. 🧵 news-leader.com/story/news/edu…
My state, Georgia, just passed an “anti-CRT” law. Obviously, it is not about Critical Race Theory, it is about racism. More specifically, it is about limiting “racism” to a very specific, personal, ideology, overtly expressed and supported by just a minority of Americans.
Apr 14 • 16 tweets • 3 min read
Marine Le Pen refers to her campaign as "optimistic, positive and hopeful".
This is in sharp contrast to dominant portrayal of the far right in media and scholarship as based on "fear", "negativity" and "pessimism". Yet, both can be correct.
1. Obviously, part of this difference of assessment/opinion is based on ideological difference, which logically leads to different interpretations of positive/negative, optimism/pessimism, and fear/hope.
Apr 10 • 29 tweets • 7 min read
The main story of the first round of the #FrenchElections2022 is not at the extremes but at the heart of liberal democracy. And it's not a particularly French story, although there are certain French particularities. A speculative thread. 🧵
Pretty good for Macron... maybe too good for high turnout in second round.
Candidates of two main parties (Rep+PS) together at 7% 😮
Le Pen +2%, far right 'just' +6% 🙄
More importantly, not much "mainstream right" left to distribute in second round! 🤔
All in all, not bad for Macron. But not too good for French liberal democracy.
Jan 30 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
If you want to better understand why the 2022 Midterm and 2024 Presidential elections will not be free and fair by design, and why the Republican Party is fundamentally anti-democratic, I've made a shortt selection of (recent) articles from across GOP-dominated states. #thread
From #Texas theguardian.com/us-news/2022/j…
Oct 28, 2021 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
Time for some movie recommendations/reviews again. I have been watching a lot and am a bit behind here.
Some absolute gems and a few disappointments.
Turkish short series about a tormented cleaner who goes on a killing spree. Exceptional acting by lead actress in a highly intelligent, intense, and original series. 9/10
Oct 26, 2021 • 21 tweets • 3 min read
I often get emails from European students who want to do a PhD "with me." So, let me try to explain how US PhD system and academic system work, so that you can make a more informed decision. 🧵
1. First and foremost, in the US you do not apply to a professor but to a department!
Oct 13, 2021 • 31 tweets • 6 min read
Today @BORUSG is going to effectively end tenure for all public colleges and universities in Georgia, including my own @universityofga
Let me try to explain what tenure is and why it is important to how academia works. 🧵
1. Let me start by saying that I will not make a moral argument for tenure. Clearly, I support it, and think it is crucial for academia, but there is a moral question why some people have ob security and others do not (particularly in US context).
Sep 24, 2021 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
Today is Mark Rutte’s 4000th day as @MinPres of the Netherlands. 🇳🇱
A thread on his achievements for Dutch liberal democracy. 🧵
1. As junior minister, Rutte was convicted for discriminating on the basis of ethnicity.
Aug 13, 2021 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
It's time again. Some movie tips, mostly from Netflix US. I've got 20 movies and series, so ignore the next 20 Tweets if you are not into movies (or think I have shite taste 😄). Here are four of the best. 🎥🎞️🎬📽️🎦
The Sound of Metal 8/10
Metal drummer goes suddenly deaf and tries to deal with it. Gritty, original, powerful, and unexpected. On Amazon Prime.
Raw independent movie about two transgender sex workers showing the underbelly of Los Angeles. Incredible acting and cinematography. It was shot on 3 iPhones! 😮10/10
Jul 2, 2021 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
As expected, after being kicked out of EPP (finally), Orbán is trying to merge ECR and ID (under his leadership). This "Joint Declaration on the Future of the European Union" looks like important first step, but various parties of groups are (still) missing.
Ok, some quick thoughts:
1. A detail for most, perhaps, but the fact that the key unit is the "nation", not the "state", is very significant within the far right. It's quite interesting that state nationalists like FdI, RN and Vox have signed on to this.