A worrying rise of the far right is occurring across Europe, and not for the many reasons people want to claim it is; while some argue it’s the result of economic disparity and financial distress, this is an issue that runs far deeper than that, as researcher Matthew Goodwin identifies. All nations have the potential to experience a sudden increase in far-right politics if a political party is savvy enough to play on themes of national identity, anti-immigrant sentiments, and ‘traditional values.’ Economic woes simply become a convenient vehicle for exploitation, rather than the cause of extremism.
Rocker agitator Ted Nugent is no stranger to violent rhetoric about the President, so his inflammatory remarks at last week’s NRA convention were no surprise. Still, the level of vitriol stunned many Americans. In the now-infamous address, Nugent said, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year… If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.” He added, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. …any questions?”