The New-Right Alternative

By: Lucas Lang

Following the anti-fascism that emerged after the second world war the far-right fractured. While some elements clung to the fanatical, racist, and nationalistic rhetoric of the fascism established under the dictators, others sought new more acceptable means of disseminating their beliefs and values. This new-right focused on intellectualism, discourse, and publication to legitimize itself and separate itself from strict and militant behavior traditionally attributed to right wing politics. Through this they believed they would gather public support for their initiatives rather than demand support with threats. Was this new right actually something new or was it a disguised version of older fascism. While some authors accepted the new-right as a new contributor to politics, others criticized it for taking ideas from the new-left and merging them with old fascist policies. The result being a collage of discontent and criticisms of a variety of issues in contemporary politics. Ultimately, it seems the far-right became the group of the politics of dissent. Its followers rejecting the current state of the world, advocating for radical changes. It is interesting to note that the far-right is often attributed to the uneducated workers, and yet the new-right is presented as being composed primarily by intellectuals with education and scholarly apparatus. This week’s readings all made note of the networking existing between various elements of the new right which allow them to share, compare, and develop their ideological beliefs. Based on their intellectual inclinations, the new-right should perhaps be considered a viable alternative, to the radical right.

One Reply to “The New-Right Alternative”

  1. It is certainly worth pondering whether the New Right was a postwar manifestation of previous fascist movements or an entirely distinct ideology. Personally, I don’t think either option is accurate. Like you said, the New Right drew from a variety of players across the political spectrum, in order to address the reality of a changed world. I also found your point about the New Right being comprised of presumably upper-class intellectuals to be thought-provoking. As mentioned in the article, they were concerned with gaining cultural influence, and I think academia would be the best place to start.

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