‘English’ or ‘European’? The trauma behind Brexit

Special guest posting by Sarai Allen The previous post on the subject of right-wing populism discussed and critiqued Jay Frankel’s paper that made the argument for right wing working class Americans identifying with the aggressor.  This was based on Frankel’s reading of Ferenczi’s paper on this subject.  In this post I would like to develop […]

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 […]