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Islamists and Neo-Nazis Are Not Opposites – On the Contrary

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Clarion Project

By Guest Contributor

Islamists and Neo-Nazis Are Not Opposites – On the Contrary

You may think that Islamists and neo-Nazis/white supremacists are complete opposites. After all, they’re willing to take physical violence against each other to the streets. Both use the threat of the other one as a recruiting tool to boost numbers.

But their bitter enmity is surface level. When we look at the views of Islamists and neo-Nazis/white supremacists — what we will call for simplicity, the Far Right — we start to see the similarities.

For groups that hate each other, Islamists and the Far Right tend to talk about a lot of the same things.

Here are just a few of the views they share:

  • They hate gay people
  • They hate democracy
  • They hate Jews
  • They think women should stay at home to bear and raise children
  • They support use of extreme violence against their enemies
  • They are both obsessed with group identity
  • They are both obsessed with masculinity and the concept of “honor”

These are not accidental similarities. And, in truth, they are not different movements doing different things: They are fundamentally the same idea, just expressed in different cultures. 

Read more: https://clarionproject.org/islmist-neo-nazis-not-opposites/