Xenophobia Blog Series
. This is the first instalment of a series of pieces published on our blog by leading voices on the current and alarming force of Xenophobia - the fear of "strange and foreign" identities.
“The terrible results of the European elections were not a crash of thunder in a calm sky. They are a particularly worrying step in a downward spiral that has accelerated in recent months.” This is how the sociologists Luc Boltanski
and Arnaud Esquerre see the recent results from the European elections. Together Boltanski
and Esquerre discuss the aftermath of the European elections and the rise of the Front National Party—an economically reactionary, socially conservative, and xenophobic nationalist political party—in France.
Berfrois interviews Simon Critchley, discussing the themes of political pessimism, inhibition, shame, love and psychoanalysis, examined in his and Jamieson Webster’s book The Hamlet Doctrine. Continue reading for a short extract of the interview and a link to an excerpt from the book, published on the Berfrois website, as well as a link to the full interview.
Scotland is gearing up for another round of voting to decide its future. On referendum day, voters will head to voting booths to solve the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" What does this vote mean for the left and what is the historical roots to this question? Chris Bambery
, author of A People's History of Scotland
, gives a brief and striking history of this "Scottish Question".
National commemorations of major historical events usually offer an incredible opportunity for the Right to showcase its jingoistic logorrhea about national identity and patriotism. Starting this coming August, the First World War centenary will most likely be no exception.
The Conservatives are battling on two different, though not unrelated, fronts. Contrary to what Max Hastings argues, it is the Right indeed who is “making an ideological argument out of World War I, as it does out of almost everything else in history.”
In a Telegraph article, David Cameron puts particular emphasis on commemorating, and even celebrating the break-out of World War I as a moment of national unity and cohesion, “a fundamental part of our national consciousness.”