#hitlerwasright: National Action and National Socialism for the 21st Century

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This article examines the new neo-Nazi organisation National Action. It firstly offers and overview of the group, from its formation in 2013, to its latest activ- ism in 2014. It then develops three analytical concepts to explore the nature of the group in greater depth. It firstly presents National Action as a groupuscule operating within a wider milieu of extreme right organisations in the UK, some of this it has developed working relationships with, others it rejects as inauthentic. Secondly, it analyses the transnational dynamics of the group, revealing its engagement with groups outside of Britain. Finally, it examines how the group historicises it activity, linking the contemporary situation with the history of interwar fascism, especially Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. It concludes that, at the present moment, National Action poses limited risks to the public, however this could change over time given its extremist ideology and its links to international organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-127
JournalLa Revue Populism
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

This is a reprint of the 2014 article '#hitlerwasright: National Action and National Socialism for the 21st century', which originally appeared in the Journal of Deradicalisation.


  • Neo-Nazism
  • National Action
  • groupuscular
  • fascism
  • antisemitism
  • cultic milieu
  • terrorism


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