The worldwide radical proper was celebrated when extremists broke by means of the Capitol – and discovered classes from it
The German authorities reacted to the US uprising by tightening security in parliament. In other parts of Europe, officials expressed concern about the energizing effects of the attack on neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists. Miro Dittrich, an expert on right-wing extremist networks, told the Times that the connections were more ideological than organizational: “It’s less about making a concrete plan than about creating a violent potential,” he said.
“Right-wing extremists, corona skeptics and neo-Nazis feel restless,” said Stephan Kramer, head of the domestic secret service in Thuringia, an East German state, opposite the Times. While many are delighted that the insurgents successfully breached the Capitol, others were frustrated that it did not result in a successful Donald Trump coup or sparked civil war.
The overseas response underscores that what happened to the United States is part of an overall picture in which a global far-right movement is working together to collectively install anti-democratic, right-wing authoritarian states in governments around the world. While Americans are struggling to cope with this with the reality of a Trump-inspired right-wing insurrection and the shadow of a looming far-right insurrection on the heels of the a seemingly endless stream of domestic terrorists who either commit or attempt mass murder in public places – all fit the profile of the conspiracy theorist with the red pills radicalized online, many of them kill one after the other, inspired by every previous like-minded terrorist – you may find some comfort in realizing that you are not alone.
At the same time, the sober realization that the rising tide of white nationalist terrorism is not just an American problem, but a global one that is reaching every corner of an Internet-connected world, shows the vast breadth and scope of the problem.
“We are no longer talking about one-off events, but about a loosely coordinated chain of right-wing extremist attacks around the world, in which members of these networks inspire – and challenge – one another to surpass the physical size of the others,” said Peter Neumann in London resident International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence The guard. “The ultimate motivation … is to start a race war. The aim is to carry out attacks, take responsibility, explain your actions and inspire others to follow them. “
The nexus of this wave of terrorism is an international white nationalist movement, commonly known as Identitarianism, which claims that white Western civilization is facing widespread attack by a nefarious conspiracy of “globalists” who intend to destroy white peoples around the world to replace by an “invasion” of non-white immigrants and destruction of their cultural values.
A report Last week by UK-based anti-racist organization Hope Not Hate looked at the spread of identitarianism as a global phenomenon. “The movement has now spread beyond Europe and found supporters all over the world, be it these obscure and tiny groups in Russia, South America and Australia or their growing influence in North America under the old-right. Identitarianism has become global. ” The report explains.
The leading figure of German identitarianism – Martin Sellner, chairman of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party – told the Times that he had watched the invasion of the Capitol with noticeable excitement: “The anger, the pressure and the revolutionary mood in the camp of the patriots is there in principle a positive potential. “
“Even if it fizzled out in the storm on the Capitol, leaving no more than a few memes and viral videos,” he added, “one could use that mood to develop an organized and planned approach to more effective resistance.”
“Storming a parliament by demonstrators to trigger a revolution can work,” wrote Jürgen Elsässer, editor of the right-wing extremist magazine Compact, the day after the uprising. “But a revolution can only be successful if it is organized.”
He added, “If it’s noon, if you want to overthrow the regime, you need a plan and some sort of general staff.”
The European right-wing extremist scene has included a number of neo-Nazi “accelerators” who have formed groups of “action groups” of small groups that organize paramilitary training in preparation for revolutionary violence.
“The neo-Nazi scenes are well connected,” said Kramer. “We don’t just talk about likes on Facebook. We’re talking about neo-Nazis who travel, meet, party together. “
Accelerator than SPLC analyst Cassie Miller explainsreject “political solutions” as inadequate to deal with the threat of so-called “white genocide” – the hysterically deceptive belief that “white culture” faces an existential threat from multiculturalism and a demographic deluge of non-white people : Modern society is irredeemable and believes that it should be pushed to collapse in order for a fascist society built on ethnonationalism to take its place. “
Likewise, the now international QAnon movement was spreading conspiracy theories about how Trump – whom the authoritarian cult sees as its ultimate savior – was allegedly cheated out of the elections that played a role in the insurrection. German QAnon supporters had zealously promoted disinformation in elections, claiming the vote was manipulated from a server farm in Frankfurt that was secretly operated by the CIA. This spread to far-right American circles and became one of the false claims of electoral fraud touted by the insurgents.
The German researcher Josef Holnburger attributed this disinformation to a German-language report, whose contributions were then expanded to include a local chapter of the AfD. It went viral in the US shortly after, which was a first for a German QAnon conspiracy lawsuit, Holnburger told the Times.