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Left/Right Crossover Movements

Lunchtime Seminar - Department of Psychosocial Studies and the Pears Institute

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16th November, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dreyfus Room, Birkbeck, University of London, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ
Spencer Sunshine

In the last decade, many new forms of left/right crossover movements have developed in the English-speaking world. This includes the spread of new forms of Third Positionism, Julius Evola’s influence, popular mobilizations against finance capital, conspiracy theories, doctrines of racial separatism on the Left and Right, the spread of antisemitism, and the popularity of Sovereign Citizen pseudo-legal theories. In music, there has been a spread of Rock Against Communism, fascist neofolk, and black metal (NSBM) bands. Spencer Sunshine will talk about these new forms of “unorthodox” fascism and their similarities and differences with European movements, based on his forthcoming book for Routledge’s Fascism and the Far Right series. The talk is particularly timely in light of the huge boost to the “alt-right” given by the successful Trump presidential campaign.

Spencer Sunshine is an anti-fascist researcher and activist based in the US. He has a PhD in Sociology and is an associate fellow at Political Research Associates, a Boston-based progressive think tank that monitors right-wing organising.  

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