When Paul Chan and Sven Lütticken proposed to gather a series of “reports” on the (mostly) recent rise of right-wing, populist movements for e-flux journal, it was immediately apparent that the urgency and complexity of the topic required its own special issue. As protests erupt throughout Europe in opposition to austerity measures being pushed through by right-wing governments and EU fiscal bodies, we are also now witnessing a phenomenon spreading throughout the Northern Hemisphere in which some of the most brazen hardline racist rhetoric emerges not only from politicians, but from the general populace as well. What is going on? It is our pleasure to present Chan and Lütticken’s Idiot Wind: On the Rise of Right-Wing Populism in the US and Europe, and What It Means for Contemporary Art as the January/February 2011 issue of e-flux journal

Idiot Wind: An Introduction
Paul Chan and Sven Lütticken

Con-Demmed to the Bleakest of Futures: Report from the UK
Claire Bishop

Being Boiled
Gavin Butt

Visits from the Future
Melanie Gilligan

Snapshot, Austria: Class Struggle from Above Right
Sabeth Buchmann and Jens Kastner

Birth of the Rebel Citizen in Germany
Tom Holert

Right in Our Face
Hito Steyerl

Reflections: Seven Years Plus
Renée Green

Total Corruption: Report from the USA
Brian Holmes

Gregg Bordowitz

Progress as Regression
Paul Chan

A Heteronomous Hobby: Report from the Netherlands
Sven Lütticken

Forged Alternative
Wendelien van Oldenborgh

On the Turn Towards Liberal State Racism in Denmark
Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen

The State of Spain: Nationalism, Critical Regionalism, and Biennialization
Peio Aguirre

Etel Adnan

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