Digital Politics 1: First, They Break You Down
“A short series on UK political messaging, social media, and the Culture Wars…The first is about the recent past, and the power of segmentation. The second is about the present, and what happens when complaint gets weaponised. And the third is about what progressives can learn from fandoms.” Also see Sunder Katwala writing for Labour Together.
Meet the Shadowy Global Network Vilifying Climate Protestors
A collaboration with Drilled and Desmog, revealing the extensive reach and pernicious impact of reactionary think tanks. “They’ll throw something out into the public sphere, which will get a little bit of press, and then before you know it, a new law has been written, possibly by one of them. And now you have the criminalization of what was previously seen as legitimate civil protest.” Also see what PragerU have been up to.
The Right Climate
A mapping of the “many discourses that, instead of minimizing the risks posed by climate change, seek to mobilize them to advance other right-wing agendas. These can include limiting migration or defending tradition, embracing markets or restricting democratic governance.” Also see this exploration of how the eurosceptics have evolved into ecosceptics.
We Need A Better Story
Witness the tactics and approach of typically progressive narrative change efforts, being adopted and promoted by a more conservative, if contrarian, group. “Corrosive cultural criticism in recent decades has left the coherence of our cultural stories hanging by a thread. Our lack of a common narrative has left us feeling disillusioned and disempowered in a time when humanity is more prosperous, healthy, and better resourced than at any point in history.”
Let’s Build The Future Together
The conservative/alt-right media outlet has raised $100m and is launching 'DW Kids' to create “content families can trust”. Their message: “enough with the complaining. It’s time for conservatives to create, invent and build the world we want to see. How? By partnering with those who love America as much as we do...Americans have been waiting for these alternatives.”
Climate Change: Propaganda vs Reality
Baker argues that alarmist and leftist campaign messaging – detached from scientific fact – dominates the climate conversation, indoctrinates children and sows distrust.
The reactionary playbook in action
Worth watching this blow-by-blow run-through of the reactionary playbook by Julia H-B.
UK Referendum on Immigration & Case for Net Zero – For Immigration
UKIP attempt to go one further than the Net Zero Watch crowd by claiming the ‘net zero’ language for their immigration agenda.
Standing up for our values
Worth a careful read of this anti-woke speech to the climate-denying US think tank The Heritage Foundation.