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“In 2018, the social justice think tank Political Research Associates wrote that ‘today, [racist sects of neopaganism] are even more prevalent, as White supremacists exploit political instability driven by anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment in Europe, and the racist backlash surging under Donald Trump in the United States.’ The leap from Odinism and other neopagan offshoots to a man wearing a horned helmet while storming the Capitol building, may seem like a broad one. Though, upon closer inspection into the aesthetics of the far right — from the scruffy beards and skunk-like shaved ponytails — it’s not difficult to see the influence of say, a show like History Channel’s Vikings. What may have seemed like pure coincidence in January of 2020, begins to seem less and less coincidental now.”

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