Matthew N. Lyons
Matthew N. Lyons has been writing about right-wing politics for over 25 years. His work focuses on the interplay between right-wing movements and systems of oppression, and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals, and the state. He writes regularly for the radical antifascist blog Three Way Fight, and his work has also appeared in the Guardian, New Politics, Socialism and Democracy, teleSUR, Upping the Anti, and other publications.
Lyons is author of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire (PM Press and Kersplebedeb Publishing, forthcoming 2018). He contributed the title essay to the book Ctrl-Alt-Delete: An Antifascist Report on the Alternative Right (Kersplebedeb Publishing, 2017). He is coauthor with Chip Berlet of Right-Wing Populism in America (Guilford Press, 2000) and author of Arier, Patriarchen, Übermenschen: die extreme Rechte in den USA (Aryans, Patriarchs, Supermen: The Far Right in the USA [Unrast Verlag, 2015]).
Lyons is co-trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, which stewards the literary legacy of the late playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry.
Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire
Author: Matthew N. Lyons
Publisher: PM Press/ Kersplebedeb
Page count: 384
Subjects: Political Ideologies-Far Right
A major study of movements that strive to overthrow the U.S. government, that often claim to be anti-imperialist and sometimes even anti-capitalist yet also consciously promote inequality, hierarchy, and domination, generally along explicitly racist, sexist, and homophobic lines. Revolutionaries of the far right: insurgent supremacists.
In this book, Matthew N. Lyons takes readers on a tour of neonazis and Christian theocrats, by way of the patriot movement, the LaRouchites, and the alt-right. Supplementing this, thematic sections explore specific dimensions of far-right politics, regarding gender, decentralism, and anti-imperialism.
Intervening directly in debates within left and antifascist movements, Lyons examines both the widespread use and abuse of the term “fascism,” and the relationship between federal security forces and the paramilitary right. His final chapter offers a preliminary analysis of the Trump presidential administration relationship with far-right politics and the organized far right’s shifting responses to it.
Both for its analysis and as a guide to our opponents, Insurgent Supremacists promises to be a powerful tool in organizing to resist the forces at the cutting edge of reaction today.
“Drawing on deep expertise and years of experience tracking the shifting constellations of the insurrectionist Right, Matthew Lyons guides readers through the history, ideology, and agendas of these seemingly obscure but increasingly powerful political forces in America. If you want to understand them, you need to read this book.”
—Mark Rupert, author of Ideologies of Globalization: Contending Visions of a New World Order
“A brilliant exploration of the U.S. far right today and its many different strains. In wonderfully clearheaded, deeply researched prose, Matthew N. Lyons provides a cogent and innovative analysis of far-right movements, using historical examination and his own contemporary reporting to expose surprising truths about the far right’s base, motivations, and ambivalent relationship to capitalism. A vital resource for anyone who wants to fight the alt-right and other ‘insurgent supremacists’ in our midst.”
—Donna Minkowitz, author of Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God, and Fury
“Bold and brilliant in its scholarship and ideological framing, Lyons challenges all of us who yearn for real democracy to step up to meet the challenge of the neofascist threat.”
—Chip Berlet, editor of Eyes Right! Challenging the Right Wing Backlash
“Writing by writing, Matthew Lyons has filled in the face of the new far right for us. It’s facts he brings, not internet hot air. In this strange moment, we all need Lyons’s work more than ever.”
—J. Sakai, author of Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern
“Insurgent Supremacists is one of the best overviews of the recent U.S. far right, and a useful corrective to sloppy popular accounts. Lyons takes the reader on a lively tour through the far right’s twists and turns, keeping a critical eye on the role of gender, while highlighting the movement’s unusual elements like decentralization and anti-imperialism.”
—Spencer Sunshine, author of Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement
For a calendar of speaking events, please click here
- Some thoughts on fascism and the current moment
This is the text of a talk I gave at the Left Forum in New York City on 29 June 2019, as part of a panel entitled “What Is Fascism and How Do We Fight It.”
- Matthew N. Lyons at the Peace and Justice Studies Association 2018
The theme of this conference is “revolutionary nonviolence in violent times.”
- Insurgent Supremacists -- a new book about the U.S. far right
My book Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire is due out this May and is being published jointly by Kersplebedeb Publishing and PM Press. I want to highlight some of what’s distinctive about this b...
- Matthew Lyons Interviewed: Antifascistnews.net
- Matthew Lyons Interviewed:Forthright Radio
- Insurgent Supremacists as Truthout Progressive Pick of the Week
- Donald Trump Uses Right-Wing Populism to Unite Divergent Groups: Truthout
- To Spite The Face: Insurgent Supremacists on Gods & Radicals/Antifascistnews.net
- Matthew Lyon Interviewed: Junge Welt (German)
- The Origins and Politics of the Alt-Right: Matthew Lyons on Against the Grain
- Matthew Lyons on the Insurgent Far-Right, Trump, and #DisruptJ20”: It’s Going Down
Insurgent Supremacist: An Interview with Matthew N. Lyons on Antifascism, Anti-Imperialism, and the Future of Organizing
October 22nd, 2018
"In the book sections you’re referring to, my focus isn’t so much on the intersection of anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-war movements with fascism. Rather, it’s on the anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-war tendencies within far right movements themselves. These tendencies have taken various forms and have deep historical roots within both classical fascism and sections of American conservatism. In the United States today, far rightists believe that the U.S. government and many transnational institutions such as the United Nations are controlled by malevolent globalist elites, who are working to weaken and destroy traditional societies and homogenize everyone to help build up their own wealth and power. White nationalists define this supposed threat in racial terms, as Jewish elites versus the white race, while other branches of the U.S. far right (such as Christian theocrats and most Patriot groups) tend to define it as an attack on U.S. national sovereignty and western culture....."
Donald Trump Uses Right-Wing Populism to Unite Divergent Groups:
An Interview with Matthew Lyons
By Mark Karlin
July 8th, 2017
"No, the right wing is not a monolithic force. One of the key points Matthew N. Lyons details in his book Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire is that the right wing is composed of groups with different historical roots. Trump, Lyons argues in this interview, is a right-wing populist.
Mark Karlin: Why is it important to break the far right in the United States into distinctive components?
Matthew K. Lyons: Because different branches of the far right represent different types of threats. They have different social bases, target different scapegoats, pursue different strategies, and have different strengths and weaknesses. Understanding these differences helps us fight them more effectively...."
Insurgent Supremacists: A Review
By Rhyd Wildermuth
Gods & Radicals
May 18th, 2018
"Anti-fascism in the United States has two deep problems, neither of which can easily be unraveled. The first problem, which is the foundation of the second, is that it cannot accurately identify precisely who or what a fascist actually is.
This first problem can best be shown from a rather amusing conversation I recently encountered regarding myself and Gods&Radicals Press (where I am the managing editor). It turns out, according to some deeply wise Twitter commentators, that I’m a fascist, or possibly a proto-fascist, or an anarcho-nationalist with white-nationalist leanings..."
Insurgent Supremacists: An Interview
By Mark Karlin
July 8th, 2017
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- ‘Dripping with poison of antisemitism’: the demonization of George Soro: Guardian (UK)
Other books by Matthew:
- Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort
- Ctrl-Alt-Delete: An Antifascist Report
- Arier, Patriarchen, Übermenschen: Die extreme Rechte in den USA