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Donald Trump: The Odd Link between American Jews and the Alt-Right

What should we make of a substantial Jewish presence in Trump’s right-wing administration? One of the apparent curiosities of the Trump presidency is the significant role played by American Jews in his administration and his personal circle of friends, confidants and ex-confidants. To illustrate: The president’s daughter, Ivanka, is married to Jared Kushner, an Orthodox… Continue reading “Donald Trump: The Odd Link between American Jews and the Alt-Right”

“Just Joking” Is No Joke: How the alt-right really communicates online

The alt-right has been perhaps the most successful rebranding of fascist ideology since the Axis dénouement of 1945. Fascism has been a vexatious term for almost as long as fascist movements have existed, historically resistant to definition and typically now used as either an insult or political hyperbole. Yet the utility of the term as… Continue reading ““Just Joking” Is No Joke: How the alt-right really communicates online”

This Flag Is Your Flag, This Flag Is My Flag: The Alt-Right’s Appropriation of the American Flag

When reporters attempted to interview two protestors at the ‘white civil rights rally’, otherwise known as Unite the Right 2, on 12 August in Washington, D.C., the men obscured their faces behind American flags and refused to answer. These men were not alone in their tight grip on the American flag; almost every single radical right… Continue reading “This Flag Is Your Flag, This Flag Is My Flag: The Alt-Right’s Appropriation of the American Flag”

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”

Reintroducing Dugin to the alt-right: Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone’s recent interview

Earlier this week, Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone, two North American YouTubers popular with the alt-right met, with Aleksandr Dugin, a well-known Russian geopolitical theorist on the radical right. Dugin’s thinking “draws heavily on the post-war attempts to recover the fascist project,” in particular appropriating three themes “familiar” to this intellectual lineage: the organic nature… Continue reading “Reintroducing Dugin to the alt-right: Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone’s recent interview”

Eco-fascism encountered/t resurgence: the natural environment in justifications of terrorist violence in the Christchurch mosque shooting and the El Paso shooting

The murder of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2019 has led to, for example, a gun reform bill in New Zealand and renewed interest in the notion of ‘the great replacement’. Given longstanding debates in the United States, gun reform seems unlikely to happen following the mass shooting in El Paso, United… Continue reading “Eco-fascism encountered/t resurgence: the natural environment in justifications of terrorist violence in the Christchurch mosque shooting and the El Paso shooting”

Understanding Digital Hate Culture

Understanding how hate groups cohere in online spaces is essential toward understanding their growth and capacity to radicalize. Online radical-right extremist groups exhibit a massive range of ideological stances and approaches, which vary from country to country. These include the affirmed political stances of alt-right groups, the social movement-like practices of groups like Generation Identity,… Continue reading “Understanding Digital Hate Culture”

Alt-Tech and the Radical Right, Part 1: Why the Shift?

Introduction Distributed web, cryptocurrencies, blockchain-based video live-streaming are some of the so-called “Alt-Tech” tools that some radical right actors are beginning to use as they continue to be removed from regular social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. In this series of articles, I’ll break down how a few of the key Alt-Tech… Continue reading “Alt-Tech and the Radical Right, Part 1: Why the Shift?”

The ups and downs and clashes of Western civilization

Ethnocentric, sexist and racist ideologies demonstrate why it is important to de-colonise the study and teaching of European culture and history.   Recently, Javier Ortega Smith, the leader of Vox, the populist radical right party in Spain, came under scrutiny for language that Spanish Attorney General Luis Navajas called “abominable” and “repulsive” but not a… Continue reading “The ups and downs and clashes of Western civilization”