Counterrevolutionary Movements in the Global South and Global North: Convergences and Divergences

23 September 2019

A conversation between Walden Bello and Prof. Jaap de Wilde.

23 September 2019
13:00 - 15:00
Wilde University College Groningen, Room 118B, Hoendiepskade 23/24

Counterrevolution: The Global Rise of the Far Right by Walden Bello now available from Fernwood Publishing for North America and rest of the world from Practical Action Publishing. On sale in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. To be published in the Philippines by Ateneo de Manila University Press. The 9th volume of the Agrarian Change and Peasant Studies series, Portuguese and Spanish translations will be published and available for purchase in Latin America, Portugal, and Spain. 

The far right is on the rise. The rhetoric of anger and resentment is emanating from personalities like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Rodrigo Duterte and Viktor Orban and is captivating and mobilizing large numbers of people. In an increasing number of countries, the extreme right has already captured the government or is on the threshold of power.

While this swift turn of events has shocked or surprised many in the North, the extreme right’s seizure of power is not an uncommon event in the South. In Counterrevolution, Walden Bello deconstructs the challenge from the far right by deploying what he calls the dialectic of revolution and counterrevolution and harnesses the methods of comparative history and comparative sociology. Using case studies from Italy in the 1920s, Indonesia in the 1960s, Chile in the 1970s and contemporary Thailand, India and the Philippines, Bello lays bare the origins, dynamics and consequences of counterrevolutionary movements. Reflections on the rise of the right in the United States, Europe and Brazil round out this remarkable and timely study by one of the premier intellectuals of the South.