Issue six of the Equal Standard finds us delving into the world of extremes. Let us know what you think! We are now accepting written and artwork submissions until 5 AUGUST, 2019. To find out more, visit the submission page of the website: https://theequalstandard.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/

How do we as a society make space for the “extreme”? How could we come to a better understanding of ‘extreme’ ideas if we remove violence, chaos and overthrowing power as defining traits of extremism? At the core of ‘extremism’ would then sit radical, evolutionary, critical thought and ideas. How do we allow these to proliferate and be debated?

If we make space for ‘extreme’ ideas, where do we draw the line, if at all? As a society can we censor right-wing ideologies and leave progressive politics untouched? To ignore, punish or demonise ‘extreme’ ideas is at our peril – the ‘mainstream’ has not proven to be the most morally coherent option. Where has the idea of infinite growth on a finite planet got us?

All life on this planet is faced with an extreme and imminent existential threat from our self-made climate catastrophe. Will our society sanction extreme responses? Who will be ‘extreme’ then?


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