Capitalism and the Politics of the Far Right

Richard Saull

Abstract


The focus of this essay is to provide a longer-term and more contextual perspective on the far right. It looks at the way in which the far right has been defined by and responded to the politics of liberal democracy and the social regime of capital. And it emphasizes the role of the international – in its institutional, geopolitical and material forms – as a key mediating factor in accounting for the historically distinct possibilities and opportunities for far-right forms of politics. The point is to offer a sober assessment of the political challenge and threat that the far right poses as a basis for thinking about effective political responses to it.

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