Identitarianism in Europe versus the United States
Generation Identity using stickers to display its message on the streets of Europe
This article was self-published, October 7, 2017.
Identitarianism in the West is growing. The group leading European identitarianism is Generation Identity: a youth-based pan-European movement currently active in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The group leading American identitarianism is the Alt-Right, a loosely defined movement mainly lead by white nationalists. European identitarians made headlines when they rented a C-star boat to stop NGOs transporting migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to Europe. Mainstream outlets like Vice, The New York Times, and Vox covered the story by defining Generation Identity as being “Europe’s Alt-Right”. Many American white nationalist figures, including Richard Spencer, have shown their support for the movement. The Spartan flag, the main symbol of Generation Identity in Europe, was seen at the Charlottesville rally, and was adopted by other American white advocates. Despite Generation Identity’s website stating it denies platforms to both fascists and national socialists, and stays “out of conflicts outside of Europe”, these movements share important fights: ending politically correct orthodoxy, halting mass immigration, and defending European identity. It is not surprising then how the media has amalgamated both streams of identitarianism, especially when American Alt-Right groups like Identity Evropa use almost identical self-definitions as those of Generation Identity in Europe. And so the differences in these streams of identitarianism have been overlooked.
Spartan symbol from Generation Identity in Europe seen at the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally
CasaPound using imagery of Mussolini in Naples headquarters
Female identitarians in Europe do martial arts training during Generation Identity’s summer camps
Alt-Right vs Generation Identity rallies