Introduction: The New Right — Storm-Troopers in the Name of Liberty

  • Amy Elizabeth Ansell


Over the course of the last two decades, political opinion in the USA and the UK has drifted unmistakably to the right; a new ‘smell in the air’ is palpable. Yet, the extent to which new, albeit indirect forms of exclusion are being established and justified by a new breed of right-wing politicians often has gone undetected. The most extreme manifestations of the rightward shift have been publicly recognized and condemned, such as the anti-government activities of the militia movement in the United States or the moment when Vladimir Zhironovsky, an ultra-nationalist leader in Russia, congratulated Patrick Buchanan on winning the 1996 New Hampshire Presidential primary, referring to him as a comrade in arms in the struggle for national liberation. The public furor that surrounded events such as the Oklahoma City bombing and Buchanan’s short-lived strength in the polls, following as they did in the wake of what was popularly regarded as the 1994 ‘Republican Revolution’, served to draw a symbolic boundary between the sort of illiberalism espoused by the militias or Buchanan and the seemingly more benign rhetoric and policies of the Republican Right, the Reagan Democrats, and the Clinton Conservatives.


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  • Amy Elizabeth Ansell
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  1. 1.Bard CollegeAnnandale-on-HudsonUSA

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