Month: August 2018

What the Özil Affair Tells Us about Contemporary Germany

The affair might have passed relatively quickly had it not been for the success of the far-right Alternative for Germany party in the 2017 federal election. Germany’s performance in the FIFA World Cup in Russia was nothing short of a disaster. The 2014 champion came in dead last in its group, losing the final match against… Continue reading “What the Özil Affair Tells Us about Contemporary Germany”

Analysis Of Facebook Activity Reveals Who Attended Last Year’s “Unite The Right” Rally

This article is the second in a series on network analysis of the radical right. A prior posting for the CARR blog explains how network analysis can help explain the structure of online communities. Fifty years after the “Summer of Love” transformed American youth culture, Andrew Anglin, the proprietor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily… Continue reading “Analysis Of Facebook Activity Reveals Who Attended Last Year’s “Unite The Right” Rally”

Revisiting Some Recent Literature on the Alt-Right

Academic scholarship on the Alt-Right is much smaller than journalistic prose. That said, the last several years have seen an upsurge in scholarly writing on this contemporary phenomenon. To date, academic press has published only two books on the Alt-Right. In 2017, Making Sense of the Alt-Right, examines the movement’s origins, ideology, goals and role… Continue reading “Revisiting Some Recent Literature on the Alt-Right”

When Interpreting Fascism and Islamism, How ‘Progressive’ are ‘Progressive’ Intellectuals?

In my previous blog, I made three key points: 1) Islamists are neglected when we consider the contemporary radical right; 2) Islamists, like Christian fundamentalists, may qualify as right-wing extremists; and 3) By neglecting Islamists, we underestimate their serious influence (and lethality), while potentially overestimating the impact of radical right ideologues, movements, and political parties. How… Continue reading “When Interpreting Fascism and Islamism, How ‘Progressive’ are ‘Progressive’ Intellectuals?”

Practicing the Radical Right Exit: The Case of the Völkisch Settlers

“What’s your opinion on Völkisch settlers?” This question caused a heated debate in the esoteric neo-Nazi forum www.skadi.net in autumn 2016. Most of the international users on the site had probably heard of this peculiar current of the German radical right for the first time. They were attracted by pictures of traditional clothes, Germanic rituals… Continue reading “Practicing the Radical Right Exit: The Case of the Völkisch Settlers”