Olavo de Carvalho, a Brazilian far-right activist and President Bolsonaro’s “apprentice”, has died

Carvalho was the apprentice of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and a relative of Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump.

Olavo de Carvalho, a Brazilian far-right activist and President Bolsonaro’s “apprentice”, has died

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Bannon rips Italian court over decision to block populist training center

Italy’s top administrative court ruled against former White House adviser Stephen Bannon’s conservative think tank in a decision that Bannon called a politically motivated “joke,” The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

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The rise of the traditionalists: how a mystical doctrine is reshaping the right

The rise of the traditionalists: how a mystical doctrine is reshaping the right

It is hard to envision any broad political implementation of traditionalism, for its radicalism puts it at odds with most mainstream ideologies – not just liberalism, but nationalism too. In its original form, traditionalism regards the nation-state as a product of modernity – a more confined space for the eradication of hierarchy and the imposition of homogeneity. The nationalism advocated by traditionalists such as Dugin and Bannon is thus a sort of intermediary stage between hierarchical society and the levelling of the world through international communism or democracy.

Perhaps then, for Bannon, Olavo and in particular Dugin, nationalism is a two-way street rather than an end in itself. Their calls for the strengthening of borders and even for more egalitarian orders within them (Dugin frequently advocates “social justice”, while Bannon, in theory, supports progressive tax policies) may be initial steps in an effort to reverse time. First, establish a horizontal difference by destroying internationalism and crafting a world of islands. Then, reinstate vertical difference with a theocratic hierarchy by sacralising the otherwise modernist and secular institution of the nation-state. For the influential acolytes of traditionalism, nationalism would thus be merely the opening salvo of a crusade to re-segment and re-mystify the world.