• 10 April 2021 - 10 April 2021
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  • transform! europe and Espaces Marx webinar
  • Fighting the Far Right in the US: News From the Frontline

  • Defeating Trump was only the beginning. The struggle against the far-right remains an urgent necessity. Despite the recent elections, American political landscape is not free of "Trumpism".

    The figure retains the support of tens of millions of fervent and dedicated supporters, but also of many neo-liberal and conservative organizations, as well as several media outlets, such as Fox News or Breitbart News. Moreover, the ingredients that made Trump's success in 2016 possible are still there: hostility to immigrants, racial animosity, the despise of the educated elite towards the working classes, and the now widespread feeling that globalization has served the interests of multinationals and the upper classes to the detriment of the majority.

    "Trumpism" is a complicated political ideology. It is a blend of mainstream and far right forces and politics, of elitism and populism, insider and outsider, creating a hybrid that challenges democracies in fundamental ways. As progressive forces, we have to revisit our conceptualizations and our classifications to understand it and defeat it.

    From the stories of the movements which resisted Trump, as told by those on the front lines, this webinar will draw the lines of this "new" type of far-right and how it shakes the U.S. political order.

    Their struggles and analysis will also be an opportunity to take some broader conclusions that can feed European strategies against far-right.

    Saturday, 10th April 2021
    18:00 - 19:30pm (CET)
    via Zoom

    Languages: English and French

     

    Opening

    Gala Kabbaj, facilitator of working group on Strategies Against the Radical, Far and Populist Right of transform! europe

    Introduction and Moderation:
    Marga Ferré, Co-President of transform! europe

     

    Speakers

    • Kristian Hernandez
      Member of Demoratic Socialists of America's National, Political Committee
    • Matthew N. Lyons
      Author of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right's Challenge to State and Empire
    • Kazembe Balagun
      Project manager at Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation and BLM activist