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Flag, faith and fear for the planet—how the far right is exploiting climate change for its own ends

Eco-fascists have donned green garb in pursuit of their own sinister cause. And it’s working

By Daniel Trilling   October 2020

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The Brexit Party’s election campaign launch last year marked a little-noticed shift on the UK’s populist right. The party’s “Contract with the People”—the sparse, corporate-style document of vague pledges that it published in place of a full manifesto—nodded towards climate change, with a promise to plant “millions of trees” to capture CO2 and “promote a global initiative at the UN.”

This was an apparently startling turnaround in the politics of its leader, Nigel Farage. Until then, the veteran Brexiteer had placed…

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