‘Are we entering a new politics of extremism?’ asks an expert on the rise of the far-right in Europe. Interestingly their numbers are mushrooming and yet the response of gERMan authorities has been tepid, allowing perhaps a rogue group of skinheads like the National Socialist Underground to flourish.
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Professor Nigel Copsey
‘All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.’
It is this philosophy which has motivated Professor Nigel Copsey to research in depth manifestations of both historic and contemporary fascism and anti-fascism.
He believes the only way to keep a check on right-wing extremism is for research to shine a spotlight on their real views and not the views which are presented for public consumption.
Professor Copsey has been a guest speaker at an event run by the Young Foundation. As part of the Uprising project he was asked to take part in a question time style debate alongside Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.
The topic, ‘Are we entering a new politics of extremism?’, was part of the project’s aim to engage young people with politics.
Says Professor Copsey: ‘The ultimate aim of my research is to educate. It is only through education and understanding that we can ensure that people are not drawn into sympathising with right-wing extremism.’
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Professor Copsey believes that it is only through understanding fascist beliefs and the strategy of right-extremist groups that we can effectively counter any potential threats from extremist behaviour.
‘There is a lot of scepticism surrounding immigration in this country. There are concerns over the rise of militant Islam, concern about the loss of English identity, economic pessimism, political disaffection and anti-European sentiment. All of these are worries that the far right can capitalise on.’
‘The latent support base for the far right could be far greater than is realised and that is my concern.’Advertisements