John Michell, Radical Traditionalism and the Emerging Politics of the Pagan New Right

Authors

  • Amy Hale St. Petersburg College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v13i1.77

Keywords:

New Right, Earth Mysteries, Traditionalism

Abstract

Although the legacy and work of John Michell is frequently associated with a culturally liberal neo-tribalism, certain aspects of Michell’s thought can be, and have been, interpreted as an esoteric extension of more explicitly right-wing political positions, ones which are currently convergent with the political subcultures surrounding the European New Right both in Europe and also among newly emerging right-wing groups in the US. This essay examines the ways in which the work of John Michell is resonant with many of the philosophies of the European New Right, and how in his final years and after his death new markets for his work are emerging in the various subcultures associated with right-wing Paganism.

Author Biography

Amy Hale, St. Petersburg College

Amy Hale is an adjunct professor in the Department of Humanities, St. Petersburg College.

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Published

2012-03-09

How to Cite

Hale, A. (2012). John Michell, Radical Traditionalism and the Emerging Politics of the Pagan New Right. Pomegranate, 13(1), 77–97. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v13i1.77

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