Identity, Media and the Transnationality of the New Right Movements

The new Right movements have started to rise again similarly to how they first rose in the late 60s. Their influence is of a transnational reach, which is interesting as the movement itself is grounded on ultra-nationalistic ideology. Based on a chosen national identity, it is interesting that it is also considered transnational because, as Tamil Bar-On writes, identity is often not paired with only one nation, but a panoply of them. We can point back to the conversation we had quite a few weeks ago about Fascism and internationalism and say that like fascism, the new right knows the importance of internationalism as a pragmatic approach to realizing its goals and getting support. Also, Riccardo Marchi points out that the failure of some of the new right movements in Europe reflects a lack of interest from the population because of a lack of media attention. Media attention, which is surely as national as it is international, is in fact part of that transnational outreach. In the age of media and information, it is interesting to see how influential the media is in shifting the political stage. Could we imagine certain political personalities of this age having taken the position they have now without media attention? Another question one might ask is how much media is influencing the political stage, nationally and globally? Even at the beginning of the new right movements in France or Portugal, how much could we accord the formation of these movements to information circulation? This is considering the fact that these movements were born from pulling numerous ideological concepts from a multiplicity of other states, making the movement very transnational. So, what to make of the importance of the media in the creation of these movements and is there really a national identity or are we simply circling back to the idea of a new man by creating a national identity?

One Reply to “Identity, Media and the Transnationality of the New Right Movements”

  1. I think that it is very important to think of the role that media plays in these movements. In the Tamil Bar-On reading he does discuss the malleability of these movements, particularity the ND, and de Benoist’s desire to left tactics to further his own desires and promotion of this pan-national identity. If these new right movements that are failing to gain popularity because fo lack of media attention, I think that one can suggest that Media attention it today’s age is a very important aspect to politics. I just wonder if the rejection of this media attention is a factor into these failures? Would the adaptation to media attention be a tool like de Benoist’s use of left tactics, or is media attention only dictated by the media?

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