“Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right”

I have a new piece up at Truthout which shows how a range of Far Right actors are unifying around Islamophobia, which takes the place of (or works alongside) anti-Communism and antisemitism in their political cosmology.

“The nationwide ‘March Against Sharia’ rallies on June 10, 2017, brought an unholy alliance of far-right actors into the streets. While normally many of them would not be seen in the same room with each other, these different factions were drawn together by their mutual hatred of Muslims. Nazis and right-wing Zionists, LGBTQ activists and right-wing paramilitaries, “alt-lite” teens and hardened racist skinheads all took to the streets.

While the left was quick to loudly oppose the march, it has been slower to try and understand the changing role that Islamophobia is playing on the US far right. Islamophobia is increasingly uniting formerly disparate factions. It is more socially acceptable than anti-Semitism while still demonizing a minority group. Plus, its ostensible emphasis on religion is a way to avoid specifically naming race.”

Read the rest at Truthout.

“Peas in an Oregon Pod: Right-Wing Paramilitaries & the GOP”

“The Republican Party of Multnomah County, Oregon (which includes Portland) disregarded public outcry when it passed a resolution last week to allow private, paramilitary groups to provide security functions at GOP events. Chairman James Buchal said they would work with two groups—the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters—that are part of the Patriot movement. This heavily armed Hard Right political movement is famous for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and armed confrontations in Nevada in 2014 and in southeast Oregon in 2016. Giving semi-official sanction to an armed and unaccountable paramilitary opens the door to legally tolerated extra-parliamentary violence, and helps link radical right-wing elements directly to the mainstream.”

Read the full article at Political Research Associates

Video of “The Far Right Today in the U.S. and New York City”

The video of my talk at Verso Books on June 28, 2017, “The Far Right Today in the U.S. and New York City,” is now online.

Apparently people attempted to pressure Verso to cancel the talk beforehand.

Afterward, Gavin McInnes seems to have ordered his keyboard kommandos to harass me. You can really tell what’s on the Alt Right’s mind by their comments: Jews, people’s body size, and violence. Pretty funny overall.

The talk is about 40 minutes long, and the Q&A goes on for an hour.

Weds, June 28: Talk on “The Far Right Today in the U.S. & New York City”

I’ll be giving a talk at the Verso Books office in DUMBO on June 28 on the state of the Far Right in the US in general, and in NYC in particular. Please come down if you’re in the city!

“The Far Right Today in the U.S. & New York City”

Spencer Sunshine
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7PM

Verso Books
20 Jay St, Suite 1010
DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York 11201
www.facebook.com/events/2022706404616282

Emboldened by Donald Trump, Far Right organizing is in full swing, from Islamophobes to the Alt Right to neo-Nazi parties. This movement is having biggest growth spurt since the 1980s and ‘90s – including here in New York City. Every week there are new demonstrations across the country, including ultra-nationalist events under the guise of “Free Speech,” support for Confederate memorials, and rallies which stoke hatred against Muslims. Hundreds of Far Right activists have taken to the streets in New York City in the last couple months at Islamophobic demonstrations.

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A June 10 Islamophobic demonstration, held in Foley Square in downtown NYC, drew an unholy alliance of the Right – including paramilitaries, neo-Nazis, racist hipsters, National Anarchists, Far Right skinheads, Alt Right livecasters and IRL trolls, Right Zionists, and others.


Spencer Sunshine, a veteran researcher of the Far Right, will breakdown what the different factions of the US Far Right look like and believe, and what their relationship is to each other and the Trump administration. He will also outline the patchwork of Far Right groups here New York City. These include right-wing paramilitaries, racist hipsters, new Alt Right groups, and Far Right skinhead gangs – all of whom have taken to the streets at recent Islamophobic rallies, and to harass the May Day demonstration.

“Die extreme Rechte der USA nach Trumps Wahlsieg”

“Im Fahrwasser Donald Trumps erlebt die radikale Rechte in den USA derzeit eine gesellschaftliche Relevanz wie zuletzt in den neunziger Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts. Der neuerliche Aufschwung begann 2015 zeitgleich mit Trumps Präsidentschaftskandidatur und seinem Versprechen, eine Grenzmauer zwischen den USA und Mexiko zu errichten. Die wichtigste Rolle spielt in diesem Zusammenhang das Erstarken der „Alt Right“-Bewegung, eines internetversierten Zusammenschlusses weißer Nationalist_innen, Antisemit_innen und Anti-Feminist_innen, der die amerikanische Rechte auf eine neue soziale Basis gestellt hat.

„Alt Right“ steht über den hochrangigen Berater Steve Bannon mit der Trump Administration in enger Verbindung. „Alt Right“ hat es als aufstrebendes Bündnis aus Faschisten_innen und anderen weißen Nationalist_innen geschafft, sich im Internet als einflussreiche Präsenz zu etablieren und versucht nun, sich auch außerhalb dessen zu organisieren. Dabei zeigt „Alt Right“, obwohl ursprünglich in einer explizit faschistisch und nationalistisch geprägten Szene zu verorten, keine Nazirhetorik. Innerhalb der Sozialen Medien haben sie es geschafft, ihre Botschaften erfolgreich zu verbreiten. Die Bewegung versteht sich dabei darauf, Anhänger_innen verschiedenster ideologischer Anschauungen zu vereinen. Darunter auch bekennende Neonazis wie Andrew Anglin von der nationalistischen Website „Daily Stormer“. Die wichtigste intellektuelle Figur ist Richard Spencer, ein Faschist, der große ideologische Schnittmengen mit der europäischen “Identitären Bewegung” (IB) aufweist. Folgerichtig lud dieser 2013, anlässlich der von ihm jährlich organisierten „National Policy Institute Conference“, den ultrarechten französischen Theoretiker und Vordenker der „Neuen Rechten“ Alain de Benoist ein.”

Read the rest at Antifaschistisches Infoblatt

Audio of talk: “Anti/Fascism in the USA”

An 40 minute audio recording of my talk “Anti/Fascism in the USA,” recorded in Montreal in April 2017, is now online. I cover how Trump’s presidential campaign energized white nationalists; the question of “Is Trump a fascist?”; the Trump administration’s appointees and their connections to white nationalist and right-wing populist politics; the rise in hate crimes; a detailed overview of the different fascist and white nationalist factions, including the Alt Right; and the re-emergence of the militant antifascist movement.

Listen to it on Submedia.