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Online study circle – The far-right then and now: Applying the lessons of history to stop the “freedom” movement
March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 5, 2022
Starting Wednesday, 23 March, 7.00 pm, then continuing on alternate Wednesdays
Online study circle
The far-right then and now: Applying the lessons of history to stop the “freedom” movement
Once again, the far right is using a genuine crisis to promote its toxic agenda. This time, it’s in the form of a violent far-right “freedom movement,” which taps into working people’s justified rage against the clumsy, authoritarian responses of government to the Covid pandemic and genuine worries about its long term effects. What exactly is this agenda? Where does it come from? And how can it be crushed?
This discussion series will examine how populist movements emerge. We’ll look at the ways in which the far right intervenes to steer such movements towards outright fascism. Finally, we’ll look to history to see how the far right can be defeated.
Session #1, 23 March, 7.00 pm
The “freedom” movement in Australia: Its connections and real agenda
Session #2, 6 April, 7.00 pm
Far-right populism and fascism: Not the same, but related
Session #3, 20 April, 7.00 pm
What history teaches about far-right movements and resistance against them
Session #4, 4 May, 7.00 pm
Bring it down: How the working class and oppressed can crush the “freedom” movement