The initial step in coming to terms with the assault in Christchurch will be to comprehend that it’s been made by right wing extremism, both in Australia and globally.
The issue doesn’t lie with policies. The issue doesn’t lie with the so-called outsiders, for example Muslim communities, that are so often the targets of right wing wrath.
Inside this nation, the issue lies with the wider Australian community which ignores or takes the existence of right wing extremists in its midst, and tolerates the progressively Islamophobic and anti-immigrant discourse in Australia.
What Is Right-Wing Extremism And What Drives It
Right wing extremism usually starts with understanding (or structure ) of a hazard which imperils the extremist’s manner of life.
Groups promoting this notion, such as the Antipodean Resistance as well as the Lads Society, have dominated headlines in Australia in the past few decades. But they’re far from the amount of the extreme right in Australia.
Rather, they’re a recent manifestation of a recurring issue which may be traced back decades. Following is a primer on the foundation of right wing extremism in Australia.
Right wing extremism is an umbrella term used to refer to a intricate collection of ideologies. The core elements are all authoritarianism, anti-democracy and exclusionary nationalism.
Racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and intolerance are fellow travelers they are attributes of their ideologies, without really defining them. Back in Australia, right wing extremists often place themselves in reaction to an imagined or assembled threat.
Sympathisers think that society is degenerating, or is in danger of degenerating. They then externalise this to attribute blame to a target audience, including an ethnic or governmental community.
Right wing extremists cultivate feelings of danger, and exploit disasters to drive narratives that society’s problems are the fault of a target group of outsiders. They think the only means to protect their society would be to take out the danger often through violence.
The Origins Of Australian Right Wing Extremism
Historians of the radical right have recorded reactionary and revolutionary groups, jointly known as the Old Guard, working in Australia from the 1920s.
These groups were worried about the threat, and so were driven by the Bolshevik-led Russian revolution in 1917. Even though they stockpiled arms, they didn’t seem to engage in violence.
From the 1930s, members of the Old Guard splintered to a New Guard, and decided to take action against communism.
They participated in street fights with Australian communists and trade unionists, interrupted their encounters, and recognized an alternate employment agency to attempt to dissuade workers from accessing marriages.
Fascist circles arose from Melbourne in service of Benito Mussolini, and federal socialist strongholds shaped as early as 1932.
Though established independently, they were shortly directly administered by the Nazi Party throughout the Auslands Organisation. Participants were regarded as anti-Semitic, fascist and worried with German/Aryan individuality.
He believed that contemporary Christianity had degenerated into so-called “Jew-worship”, and the only means to reestablish it was via a democratic interpretation of Odinism (a kind of Norse paganism), he steered towards Aryan ideals.
Back in 1941, members in Western Australia have been discovered in possession of plans to assassinate prominent Australians, undermine vulnerable places, and lots of speeches welcoming the Western in case of an invasion.
Following the war, these thoughts didn’t entirely vanish, but were relegated to the political fringe. Butler contended that a Zionist Occupation Government existed, also used its wealth to command the governments of the Earth, such as Nazi Germany, so as to enslave several races.
Efforts To Infiltrate Mainstream Politics
Efforts to infiltrate mainstream politics The most important was “elite insight”, in which members could combine mainstream political parties, try to subvert their core values and thoughts and reach leadership positions.
We watched echoes of the strategy from the Lads Society at 2018, when they infiltrated the Young Nationals conference. It was supported by the Christchurch perpetrator in his manifesto, when he invited fellow travelers to “Lightning Blitz” prominent positions.
Right wing extremism decreased in the sixties, but it still stayed in subcultural networks. Back in 1964, Nazi substances were being imported to Australia such as Stormtrooper magazines, and decals proclaiming “Hitler was right”.
There was also the (albeit unsuccessful) creation of the Australia Nationalist Socialist Party a neo-Nazi celebration which fought to attract or keep recruits. Its leaders have been discovered in possession of explosives, detonators, and other weapons, and imprisoned for criminal possession in 1964.
Back in 1968, serious efforts were made to revitalise the revolutionary right, but this time working with the democratic procedure. The National Socialist Party of Australia was reformed, also tried to cultivate an Australian-centric design, orientating it away from normal Nazism.
The team, which embraced the Eureka flag and tapped Henry Lawson’s writings, obtained some aid given their deliberate manipulation of white Australian symbols and anti-communist attitudes.
Shooting And Bombing
Towards 1976, there have been other extreme right teams who didn’t participate with the democratic process, rather trying to utilize violence to influence change.
One of them, ASIO tracked Safari 8, the Legion of the Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth, as well as the Australian Youth Coalition. Finally they implemented no strikes and quickly disbanded.
The Upcoming notable surge in action came from the late eighties in the National Action and the Australian Nationalist Movement. Both these groups persecuted immigrants, homosexuals, and communists all whom they thought put white civilization in peril.
National Action was included in several of strikes in Sydney, such as a drive-by shooting; while Australian Nationalist Movement established a protracted firebombing campaign against Asian companies in Perth.
Whilst action seemed to slump after law authorities bogged it down persisted in subcultural networks and skinhead counterculture.
The ideological bases, particularly across racialised identity, has been kept alive by groups like the Southern Cross Hammerskins, Combat 18/Blood and Honour, and the Ladies of the Southern Legion (a chapter of Women for Aryan Unity).
The Global Rise Of Right Wing Extremism
In 2009, right wing extremism started to grow around the Earth, in reaction to some supposedly existential threat: jihadism, along with the wider Muslim community in the West.
This was a response to the threat allegedly posed by authorities to white culture, heritage, and values, than to a real fear of jihadism.
Groups with global relations, like the Australian Defence League and Right Wing Resistance, were shaped. The growth of Reclaim Australia also saw extremist members of those classes splinter off to form new classes, like the Authentic Blue Crew along with the United Patriots Front.
Phillip Galea, correlated with both groups, was apprehended on terrorism charges from 2016.
They’re joined in this by Antipodean Resistance an reluctantly nationalist socialist group that defines outsiders as left wing groups, Jews, and homosexuals, and condemns interracial spouses and presumed sexual promiscuity.
However, these bands hardly touch the face of the surge. Australia has hosted a mixture of classes to the extreme right in the previous ten years.
The simple fact that Christchurch assault was shared and manipulated by extreme right wing elements in Australia reveals we’ve got a very long way to go in facing this danger.