The one thing ordinary Aussies get completely wrong about the far-right

Most ordinary Australians misunderstand one crucial thing about far-right parties like Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Reclaim Australia.

We’ve formed this narrow image of them as Neo-Nazi skinheads, white nationalists and basically just angry white bogans with a penchant for large white hoods.

But as John Safran explained on Techly Talks, this is a fair way off the mark.

The Aussie journo, documentary-maker and sworn Ray Martin nemesis spent 18 months with Australian extremists for his book ‘Depends What You Mean By Extremist’ and discovered that rapidly growing political parties like Reclaim Australia, Rise Up and One Nation are far more diverse than you’d expect.

As he reveals, it’s a confusing, contradictory clash of cultures – evangelical Christians, neo-Nazis, immigrants have all somehow formed this volatile alliance.

But how long can it last?

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Riordan is Techly’s News and Social Editor. He promises to tweet more at @riordanl

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