In 1936, British citizens defeated fascism in the famous Battle of Cable Street. Almost a century later, far-right fascist forces are back. Cable Street explores the current global rise of the far-right and fascism: what is driving this phenomenon, where is it leading, and how can progressives and the left respond?

#24 – Trouble in Poland w/ Christian Davies

November 30, 2018

Nationalism apps, Nelson Mandela and a radicalized youth movement - welcome to Poland's far-right political movement.

Christian Davies is a writer for the Guardian and is based out of Poland. He joins me to discuss how Poland is careening ever closer to far-right authoritarianism. In fact, it may be farther along the path than countries like Hungary which receive far more media coverage. Yet there’s also signs of hope (shocking I know!).

We talk about how EU integration has radicalized a generation of Polish youth, the fluid nature of Polish far-right movements and political parties, the app-ification of Polish nationalism, how the far-right has co-opted the left’s economic arguments and the dreary prospects of a progressive alternative to Poland right-wing Law and Justice Party.

Show Team

Geoff Sharpe

Geoff is the host of Cable Street and co-founder of The Cable.

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