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Standoffs and the Far Right: What Changed After Oklahoma City?

Thu, 2018-04-19 08:00
Aerial view of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after bombing, 1995. Photo: Leonard Brakebill, Oklahoma Air National Guard. Twenty-three years ago, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a powerful homemade truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Read More

White Revolution and the Legacy of the Vietnam War

Wed, 2018-04-11 10:00
Bring the War Home (Harvard University Press, 2018). Drawing on government documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests and multiple archives of White Power publications, Kathleen Belew has written a comprehensive history of White Power vigilantism, paramilitary training, and Read More

Christian Nationalism and Donald Trump

Fri, 2018-04-06 10:01
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Gage Skidmore) The depth and breadth of White evangelical support for Donald Trump before and since his election has perplexed most observers. But a team of sociologists, freshly-analyzed data in Read More

Jake Laskey and the American Front

Tue, 2018-04-03 17:32
In the small Oregon town of Cottage Grove, just south of Eugene, a sign on an empty storefront that used to house a local museum announces a new business: Wolfclan Armory. While most towns would welcome the new blood, instead Read More

The Future of the U.S. “Populist Radical Right” and White Nationalism: Looking at Cas Mudde’s The Far Right in America

Tue, 2018-03-27 10:35
Cas Mudde is the author of The Far Right in America (Routledge, 2017). Photo: Frankie Fouganthin. Donald Trump did not invent nativism or right-wing populism, but he did provide those ideologies a more prominent platform than it has enjoyed in Read More

Mothers of White Supremacy: Q&A with Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

Thu, 2018-03-22 10:22
Mothers of Massive Resistance (Oxford University Press, 2018) Although historically, White women have supported the political, cultural, and social systems of White supremacy, there’s still a surprising level of confusion and shock when White women today do the same. Media Read More

Where the White House Gets its Racist Immigration Policies

Thu, 2018-03-01 17:24
Protest in support of DACA, September 1, 2017. Photo: Joe Flood / Flickr. It should come as no surprise that President Trump disparages scores of countries while lamenting the lack of European immigrants coming to the U.S., as he reportedly Read More

Profile on the Right: ACT for America

Thu, 2018-03-01 15:00
Founded in 2007 by Brigitte Gabriel, ACT for America is the largest anti-Muslim organization in the United States. ACT for America describes itself as “the NRA of national security” and a non-partisan, national security organization dedicated to fighting terrorism. However, Read More

Religious Freedom is the Cornerstone of Our Democracy

Wed, 2018-02-28 09:32
 Sunday Morning talk by Frederick Clarkson at the New York Society for Ethical Culture Frederick Clarkson was the guest speaker at the Sunday morning meeting of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on February 25, 2018.   He spoke Read More

The Art of Activism: Karl Orozco

Fri, 2018-02-23 16:55
Spotlighting the efforts of artists and organizations who are engaged in the struggle for social justice and are helping build the movement through their work. Cover art by Karl Orozco. As a Filipino-American printmaker, illustrator, comic artist, and educator, Karl Read More

Olympics Row Reveals White Supremacist Pagan Foothold

Fri, 2018-02-02 14:15
This week The New York Times reported that the uniforms of this year’s Norwegian Olympic Alpine ski team have caused a stir among those concerned about neonazi co-optation of Viking symbols. The Viking-themed uniforms include the runic Tyr symbol, used Read More

White Nationalist Groups Turn Up at 2018 Women’s Marches

Fri, 2018-02-02 10:15
Co-authored by Julia Taliesin In the year of the #MeToo movement, Women’s Marches took place in every state on January 20 and 21, drawing crowds of a little over a thousand to half a million. But, from Knoxville, Tennesee to Read More

White Supremacy’s Old Gods: The Far Right and Neopaganism

Thu, 2018-02-01 08:00
Shannon Weber, “White Supremacy’s Old Gods,” photo collage, January 2018. In 2014, a White supremacist leader, Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr. (also known as F. Glenn Miller), killed three people outside Jewish organizations in Overland Park, Kansas. Although all three were Read More

Race, Class, and the Contradiction of Contemporary Abortion Politics

Fri, 2018-01-26 10:41
Photo: Debra Sweet via Flickr, January 27, 2012 As we mark the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, two facts about the current abortion patient population in the U.S. are especially striking. First, that patients are disproportionately poor, with half Read More

One Year In: A Q&A with Tarso Luis Ramos

Fri, 2018-01-19 11:59
Women’s March on Washington,January 21st, 2017. Photo: Molly Adams via Flickr. On the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, PRA Executive Director Tarso Luís Ramos talks about some of what’s changed in the past year, and what progressives should be alert Read More

Tony Perkins Pops Off

Fri, 2018-01-19 09:33
  Tony Perkins speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. on October 7, 2011. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr. Paul Rosenberg recently published an essay at Salon that challenged the myth that the United States was founded as Read More

A Manual to Restore a Christian Nation that Never Was

Fri, 2018-01-19 09:31
In October 2017, I was perusing the exhibit area of the Values Voter Summit, the annual political conference of the Family Research Council (FRC), when I was buttonholed by John Méndez, national coordinator for the Christian Right giant’s network of Read More

Steve Bannon’s “Washed Out” Antisemitism

Fri, 2018-01-12 16:26
Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr. Stephen K. Bannon was the Executive Chairman of the Far Right media website Breitbart from March 2012 to August 2016, and from Read More

The Big Picture: Far Right Mobilization in 2017

Wed, 2018-01-10 15:52
Memorial for Heather Heyer in downtown Charlottesville. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Mical via Flickr. In the United States, 2017 was a banner year for fascist and related far right activism. There were arguably the highest levels of public demonstrations by Read More