Extremism, the BBC, and Why the Center Cannot Hold

An Interview With Daniel McGowan

Daniel McGowan. Photo: Cale Layton.

When you talk about extremism, you are, by default, saying that the center is the correct position. But the center is the status quo, right? The center is COVID, homelessness, climate crisis, government inaction, people in prison. Their frame allows us to make the right and left equivalent. I asked this BBC journalist, “Do you think we're the leftwing version of Nazis?” And she was: “Absolutely not!” I said, “But you're talking about us like we are.”

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Susie Day has written about prison issues since 1988, when she began reporting on the cases of people charged with political protest acts, one of them, Marilyn Buck. Her book, The Brother You Choose: Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution, was published by Haymarket Books in 2020.

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