Key thinkers of the radical right (2019)
behind the new threat to liberal democracy
in: Oxford scholarship online
The resurgence of the radical Right in America & Europe has drawn attention to the existence of political philosophers & writers whose names are only sometimes familiar & whose thought is generally unknown. It even comes as a surprise to some that the radical Right actually has a political philosophy, other than that of Nazism or of Mussolini's Fascism, both of which in fact remain discredited & marginal. Instead, the resurgent Right draws on well-known thinkers like Nietzsche & Hegel, on less-known thinkers like Oswald Spengler & Julius Evola, & on the relatively obscure writings of living political philosophers such as Alain de Benoist in France & Alexander Dugin in Russia. Then there is a whole range of emergent thinkers, often American, some unknown, & some famous only for media stunts. This text looks at the classic canon, at the most influential modern thinkers, & at a selection of emergent thinkers.