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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”

Everything That is Wrong is the Fault of ’68: Regaining Cultural Hegemony by Trashing the Left

In the burgeoning literature on the populist right, smouldering resentment has so far not been sufficiently appreciated and expressed. The SVP (Swiss People’s Party) is Switzerland’s largest political party. This was not always the case. Until the 1990s, the SVP garnered around 10 percent of the popular vote. As the traditional representative of Switzerland’s farming… Continue reading “Everything That is Wrong is the Fault of ’68: Regaining Cultural Hegemony by Trashing the Left”

Far-Right Hate Group ‘Britain First’ (That Trump Retweeted) Joins Extremist-Friendly Gab

The old adage claims that as soon as something is removed from the internet, it pops up somewhere else. Britain First, founded in 2011, is an organization that describes themselves as a “patriotic political party and street movement” with “pro-British”principles. They claim that they aim to protect British and Christian morality and campaign against the… Continue reading “Far-Right Hate Group ‘Britain First’ (That Trump Retweeted) Joins Extremist-Friendly Gab”

“Hipster Fascists”: The Normalization Of The Radical Right Isn’t Just Happening In America

Just as neo-Nazis in America have tried to rebrand themselves, the same is happening with the Generation Identity (GI) white supremacist movement in Britain. In a recent article in the Sunday Times, journalist Andrew Gilligan claimed the Generation Identity (GI) movement in Britain was looking to ‘rebrand’ the radical right and thereby ‘normalize’ its extremist… Continue reading ““Hipster Fascists”: The Normalization Of The Radical Right Isn’t Just Happening In America”