Nationalist Myths and Modern Media: Contested Identities in by Jan Herman Brinks, Stella Rock, Edward Timms

By Jan Herman Brinks, Stella Rock, Edward Timms

Does patriotic satisfaction unavoidably become nationalistic aggression? is that this exacerbated through the worldwide outreach of the media? and what's the connection among mainstream politics and more and more vocal far-right teams in Britain, the united states, Germany, and Russia? This publication addresses those questions from various angles, exploring issues starting from the conflict on Terror to Holocaust denial, from the ""sanctity"" of Rasputin to the ""martyrdom"" of Rudolf Hess.

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This is a serious charge and may appear callous to the victims, but 9/11 did have the effect of identifying a clearly defined and tangible enemy. This created a sense of clear and present danger and therefore of an unimpeachable rationale for decisive action. It is arguable that all points on the political spectrum interpreted the events of 9/11 to reinforce a pre-existing perspective rather than to develop a new one, but the use to which 9/11 was put by senior members of the Bush administration betrays the scale of their ambition.

This created a sense of clear and present danger and therefore of an unimpeachable rationale for decisive action. It is arguable that all points on the political spectrum interpreted the events of 9/11 to reinforce a pre-existing perspective rather than to develop a new one, but the use to which 9/11 was put by senior members of the Bush administration betrays the scale of their ambition. Aspirations of this magnitude rely not only on power but also on a set of ideas and myths that create a mentality to justify them.

For the extreme right, the central feature in American politics was a racial struggle. In some forms this was simply a conflict between White and Black. But, as we have seen, in many cases, extreme rightists sought to claim that behind black demands was another and more dangerous enemy, a Jewish conspiracy. Yet to believe in a conspiracy against America need not entail antisemitism. The extreme right is part of a broader constellation of groupings, and we need other terms to understand how this might be characterized.

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