Why is the nationalist right hallucinating a ‘communist enemy’? | Richard Seymour | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump and his family at the White House on the final day of the Republican national convention, 27 August 2020.
Trump’s friends Putin, Kim Jong Un but not Communism?

 

The hallucinatory world of anticommunism-without-communism is dangerous and violent. Its partisans believe they face an existential threat, which in principle licenses almost any level of violence. The state, as historian Ellen Schrecker points out, has been the teeth of most anti-communist networks. But it has often been bolstered by private militias, whether they be Minutemen, Klans, squadristi, the Sturmabteilung or Brazil’s Green Shirts. That is the significance of the eruptions of militia violence in the US, the hate mobs in India, and the Green Shirt revivalists in Brazil. When these people start to see red, blood flows in the streets.

Why is the nationalist right hallucinating a ‘communist enemy’? | Richard Seymour | Opinion | The Guardian

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