ATbar The Far-Right Leverages COVID-19 Pandemic to Gain Influence and Encourage Violence

The Far-Right Leverages COVID-19 Pandemic to Gain Influence and Encourage Violence

30/04/2020 | by Stenzler-Koblentz, Liram (Dr.)  

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The raging COVID-19 (“Corona”) pandemic has been leveraged by various elements to promote their agendas. One of the most active of those are far-right activists who preach white supremacy ideology, xenophobia, nationalism, anti-pluralism, anti-globalization and more. The most extreme faction of the above which includes, inter alia, neo-Nazis, calls itself “Acceleration” and believes that the western governments are corrupt and humanity, or at least that part that follows values such globalization, openness and pluralism is destined to extinct, mainly through destabilization of the current order and use of violence. In its stead, a new and pure society will emerge. These ideas have been quoted in manifestos posted by attackers who have perpetrated mass casualties’ attacks, such as the New Zealand attacker[1].

 

[1] Beauchamp Zack, Accelerationism: the obscure idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world, November 18 2019, https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/11/11/20882005/accelerationism-white-supremacy-christchurch

 

 
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