Archive | July, 2010

>Czech Far Right Has-Bean

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Sládek as Bean 

After a long period of exam season induced hibernation – if that’s the right word in the summer – I’ve completed a conference paper for a workshop on populism The Czech Republicans 1990-1998: Rise and Fall of Populist Radical Right Outsider Party. Not the most entertaining or easy bunch in Czech political history to write about and, as I argue in the paper, very much a part of the short 2-3 year interregnum that followed the immediate aftermath of the Velvet Revolution when all kinds of weird and wonderful parties – Moravian regionalists as a major force, who remembers that? – took the stage in a colourful, but misleading overture to Czech politics proper.

Thankfully, I now no longer need to sit in an overheated office reading the collected works of Miroslav Sládek, the Czech Republic own short-lived would-be Jean Marie Le Pen (and Mr Bean look-a-like: does Rowan Atkinson appreciate his contribution to anti-rascism in the Czech Republic, I wonder?) and occasionally watching strutting his stuff videos of grainy far-right rants in Old Town Square on You Tube. Should you feel, you’ve been missing out you can watch a bit of Czech political history below: a rather small crowd for a national rally by an up and coming radical right movement (as it was then).

Many thanks to Kevin Deegan-Krause for digging out the above  photomontage from his personal archive
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>Tide of eco-anarchism

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I picked up a eco-anarchist community newsletter , the PorkBolter on the beach in, of all places, Worthing: an odd mix of populist anti-capitalism and surban nimbyism. Apparantly, a ‘pork-bolter’ is a historical name for someone from Worthing. They must have liked their bacon in days of yore, before it became a genteel seaside retirement haunt. Anyone interested in the “Voice of Free Worthing” can check it out here.