Brendan O’Neill on the Weaponisation of Violence: Introducing the E2 Review

This is a something of an oddity for the Mallard, in that we rarely share content of other producers and publications; however, we would like to draw the attention of our readers to the E2 Review podcast.

Relatively new on the political podcast scene, launching on the 11th of November last year, the E2 Review podcast is hosted by Max Klinger, and has been quietly building a name for itself in interrogating, in a frank and honest manner, the issues of the day with some of the rising stars of the political world.

Its roster of interviews includes the exceptional Katharine Birbalsingh (recently elevated to a Commander of the Order of the British Empire), Inaya Folarin Iman (whose work the Equiano Project aims to open up the discussion on minority issues in Britain), and the firebrand rapper Zuby, who has spoken out increasingly on the need for discipline and self-reflection.

Foremost among the guests, however, is editor of the online magazine spiked, Brendan O’Neill. Mr. O’Neill, in a recent video, spoke of the dangerous twisting and weaponisation of language surrounding violence following the Black Lives Matter protests. O’Neill has commented that we have experienced a strange circumstance in which ‘real violence’ is described as ‘mostly peaceful’, but ‘silence is violence’ and we are expected to ‘nod along’ to the BLM demands.

In the full video (which is available here), Mr. O’Neill, as always, was critical of identitarian politics, but argued that they were a product of neoliberal individualism, not traditional leftism, as many often do; and in so, Mr. O’Neill has urged a return to sensible politics.

The podcast, in general, is exceptional; host Max Klinger offers insightful and detailed analysis, not just with guests but of recent events that have come into the public spotlight. The result is an excellent mixture of in-depth analysis and cutting social criticism, which (as Klinger has told me) aims to expand to the wider political world, not merely those ‘on the right’.

We sincerely hope you will watch the podcast.

Photo owned by Max Klinger of E2 Review.

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