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May 29, 2020 at 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Online Teach-in

The New Authoritarians and COVID-19

A discussion with David Renton and Sita Balani about the rise of the far right in a time of crisis.

Online Teach-in


Friday, May 29, 1 PM EDT

The years since the 2008 crash have seen a rise of authoritarian, right-wing politics across the globe. The many representatives of this ascendent current include Trump in the US, the UK’s radicalized Conservative Party, Modi in India, Bolsonaro in Brazil, and Orban in Hungary.

Drawing on strands of multiple traditions, from traditional conservatism to fascism, this remains a novel and still-evolving formation, differing across national and regional contexts. Now, its representatives are faced with a pandemic, the impacts of which on our social, economic, and political systems – as well as on human life itself – are already vast.

Drawing on David Renton’s The New Authoritarians: Convergence on the Right (Haymarket Books and Pluto, 2019), Renton and Sita Balani will interrogate the responses and prospects of the global right in the era of COVID-19.

**For futher reading, check out Haymarket Books for Fighting Fascism**