Convergence on the Right: What’s Driving the Rise of Conspiracy Theories?

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If the election has been dominated in the mainstream by the centre-left, Labour and Jacinda Ardern, on the right-wing dangerous fringes are enjoying a worrying rise. ACT’s increased vote share is the most visible but, further right, conspiracy-theory-fuelled parties are drawing big crowds. Conspiracy theories have always been the realm of the far right – from anti-Semitic attempts to blame Jewish people for the world’s problems to all the conspiracy theories swirling around Donald Trump’s core supporters in the USA – and drive racism. So why are they re-appearing now? And why are they gaining a foothold? This talk given by Garett Major on 13 Oct 2020 looks at this convergence on the right, the threats it poses, and what it means for organising for solidarity today.