Saturday Morning Plenary, 9:00 AM MST
Ecofascism and/or Democracy
with Sam Moore
On what basis do we say that fascism and democracy are opposites? Proposals to expand the idea of democracy to include more-than-human actors have recently gained force. Fascists, too, made and continue to make strong appeals to ideas of nature in their politics, drawing on the idea of nature as regulator, avatar, and avenger. In this talk, Sam Moore will discuss the history of far-right interventions into the environment, both practically and in fascist rhetoric, and speculate on the likely futures of ‘far-right ecologism.’ How, if the urgency of climate change demands we consider the more-than-human, can we differentiate a democratic consideration of nature from the fascist seizure of its mantle?
Sam Moore is an anti-fascist researcher and writer. He is one-half of the collective 12 Rules for WHAT, which produces a podcast on the politics of the far right and has written two books to date: Post-Internet Far Right (Dog Section Press, 2022) and The Rise of Ecofascism: Climate Change and the Far Right (Polity, 2022). Read more »