In the midst of multiple crises – social, economic, political, environmental – the world over is reckoning with the threat of far-right ideologies that offer seemingly simple solutions to anything but simple problems.
In this issue, our contributors look at how we got here, from the role of the Covid-19 pandemic to intensifying economic insecurity to the ubiquity of anti-immigration rhetoric and the rise of populist politics.
However, taken together, these articles also light the path forward – they urge progressives not to fall into doomism, but instead to organise and fight for a better world of our making.
- Editorial / Anita Bhadani, Lucy Mort, Rachel Statham, Chris Thomas and Joshua Emden
- Is there a future for social democrats? / Cas Mudde, Rachel Statham and Parth Patel
- The normalisation of welfare chauvinism / Mette Wiggen
- ‘Red wall’ challenges / Mike Makin-Waite
- The false promise of ‘equal opportunities’ counter-extremism / Azfar Shafi
- Anti-migrant hate / Safya Khan-Ruf and Joe Mulhall
- What to do about right-wing populism? / Daphne Halikiopoulou and Tim Vlandas
- The role of the media in the mainstreaming of the far right / Katy Brown and Aurelien Mondon
- A citizen-serving media / Krishnan Guru-Murthy
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.