Friday, April 5, 2013

Right-Wing Politics

Today marks the sixth day of the Conservative-Fascism-Conservative Extremism series, with today's post, "Right-Wing Politics," as defined by Wikipedia, and refined by this site.   From there we will present an article by Hayes Brown on, "Report: Right-Wing Extremists Are ‘Highly Engaged’ With GOP On Twitter."

While God may have rested on the seventh day, we suspect that this series will run for at least one more day, and probably two or three, the subject has been documented so well by other sources.

"Right-Wing Politics

'The far-right (also known as the extreme right) refers to the highest degree of rightism in right-wing politics. Far right politics involves support of strong or complete social hierarchy in society, and supports supremacy of certain individuals or groups deemed to be innately superior who are to be more valued than those deemed to be innately inferior.[1]

'The far right's advocacy of supremacism is based on what its adherents perceive as innate characteristics of people that cannot be changed.[2] This stands as a point of difference with the centre-right's attribution of behaviours, such as laziness or decadence, as the primary sources of social inequalities.[2] The centre right—unlike the far right—claims that people can end their behavioural inferiority through changing their habits and choices.[3]

'The original far right, which emerged in France after the French Revolution, refused to accept the French Republic and supported a counter-revolution to restore the French monarchy and aristocracy.[4] The far right is commonly associated with persons or groups who hold extreme nationalist,xenophobic, racist, religious fundamentalist or reactionary views.[5] The most extreme-right movements have pursued oppression and genocide against groups of people on the basis of their alleged inferiority.[6]"

Sound familiar?  Read on:

"Far-right politics commonly includes authoritarianism, anti-communism, and nativism.[7] Often, the term "far right" is applied to fascists and neo-Nazis,[8][9][10][11][12] and major elements of fascism have been deemed clearly far right, such as its belief that supposedly superior people have the right to dominate society while purging allegedly inferior elements, and — in the case of Nazismgenocide of people deemed to be inferior.[13] Claims that superior people should proportionally have greater rights than inferior people are sometimes associated with the far right.[14]The far right has historically favoured an elitist society based on belief of the legitimacy of the rule of a supposed superior minority over the inferior masses.[15] Far-right politics usually involves anti-immigration and anti-integration stances towards groups that are deemed inferior and undesirable.[16] Concerning the socio-cultural dimension (nationality, culture and migration), one far-right position could be the view that certain ethnic, racial or religious groups should stay separate, and that the interests of one’s own group should be prioritised.[17]

"There is disagreement among academics concerning the most appropriate way of defining the ideologies of right-wing extremist parties.[18] Within this debate different scholars disagree as to the number and combination of ideological features that qualify a party as right-wing extremist as well as the different typologies used to distinguish between parties within this family. According to Christina Liang, this 'academic field is especially peculiar about its terminology. Each label carries with it a specific understanding of this family of political parties as well as a particular set of assumptions regarding their origins and electoral success'.[19] In an extensive survey of the literature, academic Cas Mudde found 26 definitions of right-wing extremism that contained 57 different ideological features.[20] Alongside the theoretical debate concerning the nature of these parties there is also an empirical debate concerning who speaks for right-wing extremist parties and how to measure their ideology given that many reject the right-wing extremist label being applied to them.

"One issue when it comes to terminology is whether parties should be labelled "radical" or "extreme",[21] a distinction that is made by the German Federal Constitutional Court when determining whether a party can be banned. Another question is the what the label "right" implies when applied to the extreme right, given that many parties labelled as right-wing extremist tended to advance neo-liberal and free market agendas as late as the 1980s but can now advocate economic policies more traditionally associated with the left, such as anti-globalisation, nationalisation and protectionism. One approach, drawing on the writings of Norberto Bobbio, argues that attitudes towards equality are what distinguish between left and right and therefore allow these parties to be positioned on the right of the political spectrum. There is also debate about how appropriate the labels fascist or neo-fascist are. According to Cas Mudde, 'the labels Neo-Nazi and to a lesser extent neo-fascism are now used exclusively for parties and groups that explicitly state a desire to restore the Third Reich or quote historical National Socialism as their ideological influence'. [21]

"Jurgen Falter and Siegfried Schumann define right-wing extremism with reference to ten ideological features which they believe constitutes a core extreme right ideology, including hyper-nationalism, ethnocentralism, anti-communism, anti-parliamentarianism and anti-pluralism.[22]

"Cas Mudde identified five key features – nationalism, racism, xenophobia, anti-democracy and the belief in a strong state – based on the fact that they appear in 50% of the definitions of the extreme-right that he surveyed.[23] However, in later writings he revisited his earlier assessment and argued in favour of a definition based upon three features: authoritarianism, populism and nativism.

"According to Elizabeth Carter, the two defining features of a right-wing extremist party are: a rejection of fundamental human equality, which she asserts is what makes the party right-wing,[24]and a rejection of the fundamental democratic values of the state, which makes it extremist.[25]

"Proponents of the horseshoe theory interpretation of the left-right spectrum identify the far-left and far-right as having more in common with each other as extremists than each have towards moderate centrists."[26]

The icing on the cake:

"Report: Right-Wing Extremists Are 'Highly Engaged' With GOP On Twitter.

"A new report out Thursday finds that right-wing extremists on Twitter are 'highly engaged' with the mainstream conservative movement and the Republican Party and highlights the role the GOP has to play in countering their more violent fans.

"The report — titled 'Who Matters Online: Measuring influence, Evaluating Content and Countering Violent Extremism in Online Social Networks' — originally sought to examine the way that extremists use social media to interact among themselves, in this instance focusing on white nationalists’ use of Twitter. But throughout their investigation, the study’s authors, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation associate fellow J.M. Berger and Bill Strathearn, inadvertently discovered something interesting.

"They began with 12 'seed' Twitter accounts for their unambiguous status as white nationalists. The authors then created a dataset of 3,542 Twitter users who interacted with those 12 seed accounts, of which 44 percent self-identified as white nationalists. After analyzing the interactions between the 3,542 users and the 12 seed accounts, the authors identified the 200 top-scoring accounts, of which 83 percent self-identified as white nationalists (for the top 400, the self-ID rate was 74 percent).

"The real surprise came almost accidentally, when studying the content of the tweets members of the dataset sent out, with a substantial amount of it linked to the conservative movement in the United States and the Republican Party. Among the most popular hashtags used by those featured in the dataset included '#tcot,' or top conservatives on Twitter; '#teaparty,' and '#gop.' The study also looked at the links these users sent out, categorized into mainstream, content-neutral, alternative, and extremist categories. More than half of the alternative links these users sent out were also to conservative websites, such as World Net Daily and

"The authors of the study determined that the usage seemed to be 'driven more by white nationalists feeling an affinity for conservatism than by conservatives feeling an affinity for white nationalism.' They were also quick to note that the data were pulled during a period of time surrounding the Republican National Convention, potentially providing a boost in references to the GOP. However, a comparison group — composed of left-wing anarchists — did not yield similar results linking them to progressive ideals or the Democratic Party.

"This seemingly unidirectional engagement, however, has a potential upside. Due to their influence, the GOP could help reduce the affect that violent extremists have on the national stage, the report says:"

(If they wanted to reduce the affect - Joyce, Jnr.)

"Since the data suggests white nationalists are actively seeking dialogue with conservatives, CVE [countering violent extremism] activists should enlist the help of mainstream conservatives, who may be considerably more successful than NGOs at engaging extremists with positive messaging. Further research may also suggest avenues for engagement between other kinds of extremists and other mainstream political and religious movements."

(This would be a first in the history of the Republican Party - Joyce, Jnr.)

"The report comes out on the heels of a Southern Poverty Law Center report identifying a spike in far-right anti-government groups, with their number having reached an 'all-time high' in 2012. As the Republican Party is desperately seeking to rebrand itself from being seen as a 'scary' party of primarily white people, it would do well to listen to the ICSR’s recommendations and not those of people who would defend slavery.

(It may be too late - Joyce, Jnr.)


There is NO "radical right," NO "right-wing extremism," and in a seemingly paradoxical phenomenon, there are NO "moderate" or "center" Reublicans, there are just "conservatives." 

The GOP in its many guises throughout our history has managed to hide their kinship with groups outside the mainstream, funding them and tacitly approving the worst of the worst until public sentiment and election results forced them to disavow their erstwhile allies.

But facts are facts, and the Republican Party has finally been exposed, QED, as the front group for the vast right-wing criminal conspiracy that it truly is: not a "political philosophy," but an organized wrecking crew, anti-American, anti-democratic, not only stopping at nothing, not cheating, theft, nor murder to achieve their ends, but having cheating, theft, and murder as their preferred entre du jour.

It's time for the Conservative leadership, propagandists, and fellow travelers to feast on their last meal before facing up to their crimes (, and it's time for their Sheeplet followers to enter special camps to make them fit to re-enter democratic society by re-education, retraining, and even surgical methods if necessary.


"You cannot serve two masters: God and money. For you will hate one and love
the other, or else the other way around."

Matthew 6:24