Far Right Terrorism Increasing

Caricature of the international fascist conference in Montreux (Switzerland) in 1934 (by Robert Fuzier in Le Populaire, organe du Parti Socialiste)

From the Washington Post story on the U.S. soldier charged with helping to plan a terrorist attack against his own unit:

The charges against Melzer are likely to renew concerns about white nationalist and extremist influences within the U.S. military amid an increase in violence linked to right-wing fringe movements. In the United States, for example, followers of the “boogaloo boys” have recently been charged with murder and accused of attempting to incite violence at the largely peaceful demonstrations against police brutality.

In April, the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate published a report citing research that there has been a 320 percent rise in terrorist attacks with links to such movements and ideologies over the past five years. There is a “growing and increasingly transnational threat posed by extreme right-wing terrorism,” the report said, noting that the attacks have been intensifying in both frequency and lethality.

In the book, we suggest that growing far-right transnational linkage among violent extremists is the ‘leading edge’ of a broader reactionary rejection of key institutions of contemporary global order.

While those focused on China worry that it’s the turn of the last century redux, those focused on counter-order movements worry that it’s the 1920s version 2.0.

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Daniel Nexon is an associate professor in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change.