Spectacularizing the Far-Right: Before and after Christchurch
Then: secrecy, clandestine operations, prioritization of doctrine and military training.
Now: increasing spectacularization, live-streaming the slaughter, catchy mottos, and renewed emphasis on captivating symbols.
Historically, the far-right and jihadism have had multiple similarities and common characteristics, and this pattern seems to be continuing, albeit with the far-right increasingly drawing inspiration from the most extreme, audacious wing of international jihadism, embodied most notably in the Islamic State (ISIS).
After Christchurch, the spectacularization of racist, anti-Islamic, and anti-Semitic violence is likely to increase.Read full article