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Anti-capitalism in the name of ethno-nationalism: ideological shifts on the German extreme right

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Sommer examines the (re-)emergence of anti-capitalist and anti-globalization themes within the ideology and discourses of the German extreme right. He argues that it would be short-sighted to interpret this development simply as another opportunistic attempt by the extreme right to incorporate Zeitgeist issues into its political agenda in order to appeal to a broader spectrum of supporters. An analysis of the latest campaigns of the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD)—the most successful extreme-right party in recent years—as well as the activities of groups that exist within the larger German extreme-right milieu, the so-called freie Kameradschaften, reveals that the taking up of social questions as well as anti-capitalist and anti-globalization themes marks a deeper shift within the political agenda of the extreme right in Germany. However, the analysis shows that racist and antisemitic issues do not disappear with this shift, but are linked with and incorporated into anti-capitalist and anti-globalization discourses.
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Keywords: Germany; Holocaust denial; NPD; Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands; anti-capitalism; anti-globalization; antisemitism; ethnic nationalism; groupuscular right; neo-Nazism; right-wing extremism

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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