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in the most obvious and superficial sense, anarchism is the opposite of right wing thought because right wing thought is entirely authoritarian and intimidates those who question authority. HOwever, in the book "electronic civil disobedience" the author hints at anarchism and right wing thought as having some relationship with eachother historically. I didn't fully understand what he/she/he-she/she-he was saying because i don't have much of a grasp on late 19th/20th century political history except the more superficial stuff....

it is obvious from all the things ive read that anarchists have flirted with right wing, racist, and fascist forms of thought, and vice versa.

Are there any particular trends that have been interesting to you? It seems to me that all forms of revolutionary thinking are susceptible to a toxic fervor that can lead to dictatorship, maybe it has something to do with that...

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I can tell you that there's a lot of manipulation in that subject.

For example, in Spain the falangist flag has the colours of the CNT (ConfederaciĆ³n Nacional del Trabajo). Buenaventura Durruti had a brother called Marciano Durruti, who was a falangist despite the attempts of his brother to convince him. So, some fascists here manipulate him and put fascists phrases in the name of Durruti, but thinking in Buenaventura Durruti, who was a revolutionary anarchist.

Also, I have found texts of nazis that said how Bakunin told Marx and The International "jews" in despective ways. Well, this text wanted to prove how great anarchists though that jews controlled the world through capitalism and communism, which is wrong.

Historically and in theory (except anarchofascism/national anarchism and anarchocapitalism, which I don't consider anarchism), anarchists have been against capitalism (right-wing) and fascism (right-wing), and are definitely against them in their ideas. In some cases they have colaborated with authoritarian socialists, with disastrous results (see anarchist government in Spain and Kronstadt rebellion).
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