From time to time I have mentioned the GeoCurrents blog as a very useful reference source. This post by James Mayfield, Explaining the Rapid Rise of the Xenophobic Right in Contemporary Europe, is a very good if somewhat depressing example.
I drew a few take-messages from the analysis.
- The variety and need to avoid stereotyping. I note this in part because of the tendency of some of my more ideological left colleagues to classify people and causes that I have supported as extreme right really just because they are different from prevailing left views
- The need to avoid being complacent in an Australian context
- The importance of economic factors, although this is clearly not universal.