The Anime Dream Life of Settler Colonialism

The video tweeted out by Paul Gosar (R-AZ) depicting himself as a hero from the Japanese anime series Attack on Titan is an adolescent boy’s bloody fantasy of vengeance against threatening women, male authority, and invading enemies.

Along with attacking Joe Biden with swords, Gosar is depicted slaying a cannibalistic giant with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face superimposed on it – highlighting white male fear of both women and people of color. The video also features blood-spattered images of Latin American migrants crossing into to the US, and footage of Border Patrol on horseback.

This, along with the right-wing lionization of Kyle Rittenhouse, makes it clear that we’ve entered an era of fascist juvenilia.

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Producers Parasites Patriots, Race, and the New Right Wing Politics of Precarity

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