June course offering – Confronting Ecofascism

We offered a brand-new course recently, entitled “Confronting Ecofascism: Environmental Politics and the Radical Right,” and taught by a group of experts on the history and thought of ecofascism. The course ran from June 7 – June 28. You can register for the self-directed version at any time.

Book Review – Ecology Contested: Environmental Politics Between Left and Right

“There have been significant links between environmentalism and Right-wing politics for more than a century,” Staudenmaier writes in his new book Ecology Contested: Environmental Politics Between Left and Right. “Knowingly or not, the perpetrators of the Christchurch and El Paso massacres continued that tradition.”

Social Ecology against Ecofascism

ISE Program Director Blair Taylor was recently interviewed by Vox on rising right wing environmentalism and ecofascism, the difference between the two, and why social ecology offers an antidote to racist, authoritarian ecologies:

Primitivism and Ecofascism

Although some have been surprised by the far right’s enthusiasm for the work of Ted Kaczynski and John Zerzan, social ecology has long warned of both the problematic philosophical assumptions of primitivism and ecofascism. Steve Ongerth describes 6 points of ideological overlap between primitivism and ecofascism.

Anthroposophy and Ecofascism

In June, 1910, Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy, began a speaking tour of Norway with a lecture to a large and attentive audience in Oslo.  The lecture series was titled “The Mission of National Souls in Relation to Nordic-Germanic Mythology.”  In the Oslo lectures Steiner presented his theory of “folk souls” or “national souls” […]

Anthroposophy and its Defenders

(co-written with Peter Zegers) Reply to Peter Normann Waage, “Humanism and Polemical Populism” “Anthroposophy and Ecofascism” has sparked a debate within Scandinavian humanist circles, with some authors like Peter Normann Waage lining up to defend anthroposophy as a harmless variant of humanism. 1 While we are encouraged by this long overdue debate, we are troubled […]

The Art of Avoiding History

Reply to Göran Fant, “The Art of Turning White into Black” Göran Fant says that he is unable to recognize the portrait of anthroposophy that I painted in my article “Anthroposophy and Ecofascism.” (1) I am not surprised that he found my portrait hard to swallow, since Fant is convinced that anthroposophy is by definition […]