Book review: Sobering account of how radicals are Going Mainstream

Counter-terrorism expert Julia Ebner reveals how extreme ideas are radicalising individuals and upending the political middle ground

Trump supporters stand in front of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Picture: Getty Images

The 2016 British vote to leave the EU ushered in a new order. The referendum result marked the beginning of an era when ideas from the fringes were muscling their way into the political centre. Donald Trump’s US presidential election triumph in the same year exacerbated the rupture and illustrated the volatility of liberal democracies.

Since then, extreme ideas have become more widespread. This was epitomised by the January 6 US Capitol attack when a ...