White Nationalism, Right-Wing Populism, and Neofascism

White Nationalism/Fascism 101
Resisting the Trump Agenda
A landing page for a political education discussion
sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice,
and the expanded version of the slideshow for
serious activists, students, and scholars

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The original slideshow was for an audio conference call which included a verbal presentation by Chip Berlet as lead discussant
and the participation of SURJ leadership and local activists.
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A Variety of Resources for SURJ Activists and Allies
The Slideshow that Accompanied the
SURJ Call-In Discussion:


Slideshow PowerPoint file:

Agenda Script PDF:
http://www.buildinghumanrights.us/go/slideshows/SURJ White Nationalism – Fascism 101 Call Agenda – final.pdf

Agenda Script Word Doc:
http://www.buildinghumanrights.us/go/slideshows/SURJ White Nationalism – Fascism 101 Call Agenda – final.docx

Standing Up for Racial Justice:
SURJ Political Education Webpage


An expanded version of the slideshow with more slides and more detailed explanations:
Not for the faint of heart:
53 slides – lots of text – many references
For serious organizers, researchers, and activists


Some Basic Definitions

White Nationalism
In the broadest sense White Nationalism is the idea that only people who can adopt the culture, social practices, and economic views of the majority of “White” people in the United States are appropriate as citizens of the nation. White Nationalism based on perceived skin color and the myth of genetic differences is a form of aggressive racial exclusion that historically generates violence, expulsion, or genocide.
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Right-Wing Populism
Based on the idea that the “real” common people of the nation are in a power struggle with the corrupt elites currently destroying the future of the nation. The core elements of right-wing populism in the US are:

  • White Nationalism  (ethno-nationalism)
  • Producerism  (“Makers versus Takers”)
  • Demonization
  • Conspiracist Subversion Narratives
  • Apocalyptic Narratives and Millennial Visions
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Fascism in the Interwar Periods  (World-War I  —>  World War II)
Mussolini’s Italian “corporatist” fascism and Hitler’s German Nazism are the best known versions of fascism between the two world wars. In addition several countries developed forms of “clerical fascism” built around an ethno-religious identity; most commonly Roman Catholic and Orthodox Catholic movements and political parties. For example:
♠ Roman Catholic:  Hungary, Lithuania, Croatia
♠ Orthodox Catholic: Romania, Serbia
Note: Italian Corporatism and US Corporations are not the same thing.
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The Ultra-Right and Neofascism
Contemporary ultra-right  (extreme right) movements in the United States span a range of ideologies and methodologies that tend to be more aggressive and violent than commonly found in right-wing populist movements. But keep in mind that according to scholar Roger Griffin, fascist movements incorporate forms of right-wing populism.
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Alt-Right began as an online phenomenon that mushroomed into a poisonous cloud of misogynist, white nationalist, and anti-Left propaganda. Its basic thrust was a form of masculinist authoritarianism aimed at collapsing democracy and human rights in the United States on behalf of economic and political elites [credit].

Alt-Right is neither a social or political movement, but an amorphous network of primarily-unaffiliated news and messaging outlets using both traditional internet platforms, but especially emphasizing social media such as Twitter and obscure posting sites. The persons who consider themselves activists in the extended Alt-Right cyberspace reality are 21st Century CyberBrownshirts, playing the role of Hitler’s street thug Brownshirt gangs of the 1930s.
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Standing Up for Racial Justice: SURJ Political Education Webpage

About the Lead Discussant

Chip Berlet spent over 40 years researching right-wing social and political movements. He and his partner Karen Moyer spent 10 years living on the southwest side of Chicago (1977-1987) working in the leadership of a multi-racial neighborhood organization to stop violent attacks on Black families visiting or moving into the predominantly White area around Marquette Park.

Berlet retired as a senior analyst after some 3 three decades at Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank founded in 1981 by the late  lesbian feminist scholar Jean V. Hardisty.  Jean’s goal was to study US right-wing social and political movements using the lens of a race/gender/class analysis, while carrying out academic quality research, and writing political education studies using clear, accessible, and popular language to assist grassroots activists working for progressive social change
 >>>——–>   More about Chip’s work is Here
 >>>——–>   More about Political Research Associates is Here
 >>>——–>  More about Jeans’s work is Here