Week 7 Response

What I found to be a reoccurring theme in the readings was the transnational component of neofascism during the 1960’s and 1970’s. This was a direct contrast to mid-century fascism, regarding the fact that most regimes of the early 20th century (Russian, German, etc) were opposed to transnationalism and focused more on the mobilisation of their state and peoples. The theme of transnational borrowing can be seen in the readings by Benjamin Bland, Andrea Mammon and Grant Amyot. All three readings make references to the transnational aspect of Italian, French and British neofascism in the 60s-late 70s. Mammon make specific reference to the French ON party in the 70s taking much inspiration from the actions and policies of the Italian MSI far right party.

Another interesting aspect of neofascism compared to mid-century fascism is the inclusion of women and the deliberate fight for their rights. The Guardian article by Angelique Chrisafis, Kate Connolly and Angela Giuffrida highlight the modern far right desire to attract more ‘angry white women’ to attract more working sector female voters. The article also specifically talks about Marine La Pen’s distaste and distance from the feminist movement, while also playing the woman’s right card when it suits her anti-immigration needs. To connect this point back, the involvement of women at high levels of neofascism is a direct contrast to how mid-century fascism worked.

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