Over the last decade, the United States has experienced a proliferation of it’s radicalized social groups, who often sat at the periphery of modern political discourse.
On the far-left, anarcho-communism has surged in popularity, albeit with younger Americans, who no longer fear the creeping developments of political Marxism. Groups such as the Black Bloc and ANTIFA, have been able to accumulate a following that is reminiscent of Weimar Republic socialism, and maintain notable support from the mainstream media and often academia.
In response to expanding radicalisms on the far-left, neo-Nazism has also gained certain tractions amongst millennial youth. New and prevalent ideologues such as Richard Spencer can pull quite a large audience at his current speaking arrangements.
Although, it is likely that anarcho-communists and neo-Nazis would deem the other as it’s polar opposite, these two political ideologies have much more in common than previously thought, as they both engage in the lowest form of political dialogue, i.e. identity politics.
Not only is identity politics the least intellectually stimulating topic in modern discourse, it is also highly damaging to Western social structures.
Anarcho-communists for instance, are preoccupied with outdated concepts that derive from class, gender, and race, while neo-Nazism derives its sole purpose from skin colour (a scientifically meaningless classification).
Whereas the rest of society has been able to move away from these outdated early 20th century concepts, the far-left and the far-right cannot.
Evidently, their similarities far outweigh their differences. Move around which ‘race’, and which gender, and these two movements look readily identical. Further add in some anti-Semitism, and anarcho-communists and neo-Nazis are basically doppelgangers.