We welcome back foreign policy expert John Feffer to open our new series on the assault on democracy by the far-right. Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute of Policy Studies, Feffer will discuss these trends using the framework of his recently-released book, Right Across the World: The Global Networking of the Far-Right and the Left Response, which examines the strategies of the far-right and how to counter them.
Despite Donald Trump’s 2020 loss, the far-right remains powerful in the United States and around the world. Far-right leaders—like Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, Narendra Modi in India, and Viktor Orban in Hungary—continue to consolidate their power. Far-right parties are surging to the top of the polls in Italy, the Philippines, and Israel. Far-right organizations are spreading ultra-conservative messages about the family and immigration across borders, while right-wing paramilitary groups mobilize to undermine political authorities.