The psychopathology of Brexit (part 2): restless ghosts

Is Brexit  the manifestation of a right-wing populism?  Certainly, some of the key motivations that appear to stand behind Brexit, which include concerns about immigration, a desire to see Britain ‘great’ again, xenophobia (especially towards ‘Europeans’), a distrust of (liberal) political elites, social conservatism veering towards authoritarianism, and so on, are all characteristics of right-wing […]

The ideology of Brexit

In my previous post on this subject I briefly explored the ideas of Robert Ford and Mathew Goodwin as laid out in their book on the growth of UKIP and the radical right in Britain.1 As I noted in that post, Ford and Goodwin’s argument was essentially that, contrary to received wisdom, UKIP was gaining […]

Ideology and (de)radicalisation (part 1)

In the wake of the recent Paris attacks there has been a lot of soul searching regarding the state of readiness of Western capitals to both prevent and respond to such events.  And part of this soul searching has focused on the question of radicalisation and de-radicalisation.  In other words, what makes (predominately but not […]

Whither liberal democracy?

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket attacks in Paris last week, a fierce debate appears to be developing about the precise nature of freedom in a liberal democracy such as France, and, perhaps more importantly, whether there is contradiction at the heart of liberal democratic ideology itself.  For example, in an […]

A new life?

I’ve just been reading a couple of interesting books, both of which are concerned, in their own ways, with ideology.  One is Owen Jones’ excellent study on The Establishment,1 whilst the other is Christian Fuchs’ critique of social media.2  For some strange reason, whilst I was reading Jones’ book I started thinking about Downton Abbey, […]