Forum on the new far right: introduction
The narrowness of Trump’s defeat and the unprecedented interim period between Trump’s and Baiden’s administrations, which culminated in the storming of the Capitol, indicates that the new far right is here to stay. What are this new right’s contours? What does electoral defeat mean for its different constituencies and ideologies? How does in this context 'anthropolgy matter', to quote the theme of 2017 AAA meetings? What are anthropological implication of the warning that ‘post-truth is pre-fascism’ by Yale historian of Holocaust Timothy Snyder (2017)? While this is without a doubt a grave issue for the anthropology of the US, we propose in this forum that its scope is global, and not merely Euroamerican. What is it, about our time, that has produced this new, yet uncannily familiar and dangerous political terrain — where pilgrimages to Francisco Franco’s mausoleum have tripled, where Brazil’s Secretary of Equality on her first day in office calls for a new world where ‘girls will dress in pink and boys in blue’ and where the political machine of India’s BJP, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, works through what Appadirai (this forum) calls ‘cellular, metastatic fascism’? This forum follows a round table that the journal Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale organised at the AAA meetings in Vancouver in 2019.