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Soho Skeptics – The Fascists Strike Back

This is a recording of the October meeting of the Soho Skeptics group in London.

In the past five years, we have witnessed the rise of the far-right in Europe and beyond. The pinnacle of it all is, if you believe the telly, Greece. But is austerity and the 2008 financial crisis necessarily linked, with the rise of extremists? Hasn’t Russia for instance been dealing with this phenomenon for some time, as well as the financially booming Norway and Austria?

While the world watches Europe, hoping that an economic miracle will stop the neo-nazi threat, some rather dystopic scenarios unfurl elsewhere, and specifically, in Syria. Is the country’s suffering linked with the West’s far-right trouble? Is Al Qaeda and the Golden Dawn two sides of the same coin?
In an analysis taking from cinematic dystopias and current economic ailments, Yiannis Baboulias will show how the introduction of highly extractive financial institutions across the globe, gives birth to extreme movements, and why once a country falls, be it Syria, Somalia, or one much closer to home, it may be impossible to bring it back.

Yiannis Baboulias is a Greek journalist and writer, focussing on European politics, economics and the rise of the far-right. His work has appeared on Vice UK, New Statesman, LRB, Guardian, Open Democracy, NLP and others.He is writing his first book on the Greek crisis and the rise of the far-right, to be published by ZED in 2014.

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Episode 209 – 18th October 2013

This week we have an exclusive clip of the fourth man on the moon (!!!), along with some more back to earth chat. We talk Golden Dawn and the rise of the Far Right in Europe with Yiannis Baboulias, missing Doctor Who episodes with Mike Hall, as well as take a critical look at a High Court decision on MMR and some claims being made by an advisor to Michael Gove. Plus we go to a Wikipedia Editathon.

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Golden Dawn (1:51) by James O’Malley (ft Yiannis Baboulias)
Astronaut Al Bean (18:20) by Carl Hutchinson (FT FOURTH MAN ON THE MOON, AL BEAN!)
Missing Doctor Who (20:08) by Mike Hall
Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon (31:45) by James O’Malley (ft Jonathan Cardy)
MMR Opportunities (43:40) by Peter English
Nature vs Nurture (51:11) by Mike Ward
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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