Against the Grain

The Origins and Politics of the Alt-Right

Until the last year or two, most people had never heard of the alt-right. But the lead up to the election of Donald Trump has highlighted its noxious influence, including in the corridors of power. Is the term the “alt-right” just a fig leaf for neo-Nazism? Or is the alternative right a new formation of reactionary politics, steeped in white supremacy and misogyny? Scholar Matthew Lyons talks about the intellectual origins of the alternative right, and the relationship between the alt-right and Trump’s key advisor Steve Bannon. He also weighs in on whether the Trump administration is fascist.

Resources:

Three Way Fight

Matthew N. Lyons et al, Ctrl-Alt-Delete: An Antifascist Report on the Alternative Right Kersplebedeb Publishing, 2017

Matthew N. Lyons, “Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The Origins and Ideology of the Alternative Right”

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