Shame & Silence: Authoritarianism in Spain

Since the 1980s, the Western European political landscape has undergone a transformation the likes of which hasn’t been seen for decades, and which reminds many pundits rather uncomfortably of a similar trend in the 1930s: namely, a rise in public support for far right-wing parties. These organizations, classified as “Populist Radical Right” parties by the Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde, differ in size, popularity, methods, and even some policy, but they generally share three main ideological priorities: authoritarianism, nativism, and populism. Countries with histories of fascism like Italy and Germany have both experienced resurgences of their respective PRR parties. Spain, however, has somehow remained unreceptive to any significant infiltration of PRR groups or members into their parliamentary politics. Despite, or

Pipeline Grumbles & Diplomatic Stumbles

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

On this episode of OM's Chatter we talk good news out of west Africa, sad news for the nationalists in Europe, which politicians dropped the ball this week (hint: they're the ones you expect to), the continuing saga that is the Dakota pipeline protests, & more. First, the gang celebrates some good news from around the world including a loss for the Austrian far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hoffer, and a victory for Gambia, which saw the election of Adama Barrow and the end of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year reign. We also check out some noteworthy topics: Trump's "Twitter diplomacy", Boris Johnson being Boris Johnson and fumbling on Brexit, the possibility of a Ban Ki-moon South Korean presidency, veterans protecting protesters at Standing Rock, and what