The no longer silent counter-revolution
Anton Shekhovtsov talks with Margaret Childs at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017
The rise of Viktor Orbán and Jarosław Kaczyński, the Brexit referendum, the election of Donald Trump and the strong performances of Norbert Hofer and Marine Le Pen — they cannot be interpreted as anything but an illiberal trend of the recent few years. On 23 September 2017, Anton Shekhovtsov — a Visiting Fellow at the IWM and author of the book Russia and the Western Far Right – discussed the current situation and drew parallels to the cultural and political developments in the 1970–80s that were marked by a “silent counter-revolution” of the Right against the post-materialist “silent revolution” of the Left. Margaret Childs, Editor-in-Chief of Metropole, moderated the conversation.
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Photo: French far right leader Marine Le Pen, left, and Austria’s right wing party leader Heinz Christian Strache, right, listen to the Dutch Geert Wilders during the press conference of a convention of European nationalists, in Milan, Italy, 29 January, 2016; Antonio Calanni / AP / picturedesk.com