A varied panel joined Crikey Editor-in-chief Peter Fray yesterday for "Is the right side winning?", a Crikey Talks event for subscribers looking at the recent growth of far-right extremism. Fray spoke to Macquarie University terrorism studies lecturer Lise Waldek, journalist Tom Ravlic, and former leader of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) Jeff Schoep, the self-described highest ranking neo-Nazi to ever walk away from the movement.
They discussed the influence of COVID-19, the specific and complicated paths in and out of extremism, and the role of the media.
The role of the media
A major topic for the panel was the tension between the need for the media to expose extremist groups and the risk of glorifying them.