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The Alt Right

Author : George Hawley
ISBN : 9780190905224
Genre : Political Science
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In recent years, the so-called Alt-Right, a white nationalist movement, has grown at an alarming rate. Taking advantage of high levels of racial polarization, the Alt-Right seeks to normalize explicit white identity politics. Growing from a marginalized and disorganized group of Internet trolls and propagandists, the Alt-Right became one of the major news stories of the 2016 presidential election, and exploded into public consciousness after its march through Charlottesville in summer 2017. Discussions of the Alt-Right are now a regular part of political discourse in the United States and beyond. In The Alt-Right: What Everyone Needs to Know®, George Hawley, one of the world's leading experts on the conservative movement and right-wing radicalism, provides a clear explanation of the ideas, tactics, history, and prominent figures of one of the most disturbing movements in America today. Although it presents itself as a new phenomenon, the Alt-Right is just the latest iteration of a longstanding radical right-wing political tradition. Throughout, Hawley discusses the other primary ideological influences on the Alt-Right: libertarianism, paleoconservatism, neo-reaction, and the Men's Rights Movement. The Alt-Right represents a genuine challenge to pluralistic liberal democracy, but its size and influence are often exaggerated. Whether intentionally or not, President Donald Trump energized the Alt-Right in 2016, yet conflating Trump's variety of right-wing politics with the Alt-Right causes many observers to both overestimate the Alt-Right's size and downplay its radicalism. Hawley provides a tour of the contemporary radical right, and explains how it differs from more mainstream varieties of conservatism. Dispassionate and accessible, this is an essential overview for anyone seeking to understand to this disruptive and dangerous political movement.
Category: Political Science

Making Sense Of The Alt Right

Author : George Hawley
ISBN : 9780231546003
Genre : Political Science
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During the 2016 election, a new term entered the mainstream American political lexicon: “alt-right,” short for “alternative right.” Despite the innocuous name, the alt-right is a white-nationalist movement. Yet it differs from earlier racist groups: it is youthful and tech savvy, obsessed with provocation and trolling, amorphous, predominantly online, and mostly anonymous. And it was energized by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In Making Sense of the Alt-Right, George Hawley provides an accessible introduction and gives vital perspective on the emergence of a group whose overt racism has confounded expectations for a more tolerant America. Hawley explains the movement’s origins, evolution, methods, and core belief in white-identity politics. The book explores how the alt-right differs from traditional white nationalism, libertarianism, and other online illiberal ideologies such as neoreaction, as well as from mainstream Republicans and even Donald Trump and Steve Bannon. The alt-right’s use of offensive humor and its trolling-driven approach, based in animosity to so-called political correctness, can make it difficult to determine true motivations. Yet through exclusive interviews and a careful study of the alt-right’s influential texts, Hawley is able to paint a full picture of a movement that not only disagrees with liberalism but also fundamentally rejects most of the tenets of American conservatism. Hawley points to the alt-right’s growing influence and makes a case for coming to a precise understanding of its beliefs without sensationalism or downplaying the movement’s radicalism.
Category: Political Science

Critical Theory And The Humanities In The Age Of The Alt Right

Author : Christine M. Battista
ISBN : 9783030187538
Genre : Social Science
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This edited collection uses critical theory in order to understand the rise of the Alt-Right and the election of Donald Trump—and, in doing so, to assert the necessity and value of various disciplines within the humanities. While neoliberal mainstream culture has expressed shock at the seemingly expeditious rise of the Alt-Right movement and the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election, a rich tradition of theory may not only explain the occurrence of this “phenomenon,” but may also chart an alternative understanding of the movement, revealing the persistence of right-wing populism throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Though the humanities have seen themselves undervalued and under attack in recent years, the historical and cultural contextualization of the current moment via theory is a means of reaffirming the value of the humanities in teaching the ever-important and multifaceted skill of critical literacy. This book re-affirms the humanities, particularly the study of literature, theory, and philosophy, through questions such as how the humanities can help us understand the here and now.
Category: Social Science

Charlottesville And The Alt Right A Turning Point

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ABSTRACT: This article argues that education and exposure are essential tools in the fight against the alt-right movement. While the alt-right has flourished by disguising its core racist ideology, the August 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville VA revealed the movement's white supremacist leanings and affiliations. Building on this public unmasking, I outline what I see as the eight central white supremacist concepts that animate alt-right thinking: the Jewish Question, the 14 words, white genocide, white nationalism, identitarianism, race realism, misogyny, and the ethno-state. These concepts connect the alt-right to more traditional white power groups and organizations, and it is essential that educators, parents, students, and administrators understand and publicize those connections. The tragedy and chaos of the Charlottesville rally certainly forced alt-right leaders to make strategic and tactical modifications: public exposure intensified existing schisms and led to doubts about the efficacy of large-scale public rallies. But the central white supremacist tenets that emboldened far-right advocates to march through Charlottesville continue to motivate the movement, and anti-racist activists must understand and fight those ideas in both the real and virtual worlds.

The International Alt Right

Author : Patrick Hermansson
ISBN : 1138363863
Genre : Right-wing extremists
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The alt-right has been the most important new far right grouping to appear in decades. Written by researchers from the anti-racist advocacy group Hope not Hate, this book provides a thorough, ground-breaking and accessible overview of this dangerous new phenomenon. It explains where the alt-right came from, its history so far, what it believes, how it organises and operates, and its future trajectory. The alt-right is a genuinely transnational movement and this book is unique in offering a truly international perspective, outlining the influence of European ideas and movements as well as the alt-right's development in, and attitude towards, countries as diverse as Japan, India and Russia. It examines the ideological tributaries that coagulated to form the alt right, such as white supremacy, the neo-reactionary blogosphere, the European New Right, the anti-feminist Manosphere, the libertarian movement and digital hate culture exemplified by offensive memes and trolling. The authors explore the alt-right's views on gender, sexuality and masculinity, antisemitism and the Holocaust, race and IQ, globalisation and culture as well as its use of violence. The alt-right is a thoroughly modern far-right movement that uses cutting edge technology and this book reveals how they use cryptocurrencies, encryption, hacking, 'meme warfare', social media and the dark web. This will be essential reading for scholars and activists alike with an interest in race relations, fascism, extremism and social movements.
Category: Right-wing extremists

Alt Right

Author : Mike Wendling
ISBN : 0745337953
Genre : Political Science
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This book is a vital guide to understanding the Alt-Right - the white nationalist, anti-feminist, far-right movement that rose to prominence during Donald Trump's successful election campaign in the United States. It looks at the support for this reactionary network, arguing that while Trump is in office and the far-right grows across Europe, we need to gain a deeper understanding of the movement's philosophy, history and role in politics today.While the movement appears to have burst out of nowhere, Mike Wendling has been tracking the Alt-Right for years. He reveals the role of technological utopians, reactionary philosophers, the notorious 4chan and 8chan bulletin boards, and a range of bloggers, vloggers and tweeters, along with the extreme ideas which underpin the movement's thought.Including exclusive interviews with members of the movement and evidence linking extremists with terror attacks and hate crimes, it is clear that despite its high-profile support, the movement's lack of a coherent base and its contradictory tendencies have already started to lead to its downfall.
Category: Political Science

Fracturing The Founding

Author : John E. Finn
ISBN : 1538123673
Genre : Constitutional law
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Many in the radical right, including the Tea Party, the militia movement, the Alt-right, Christian nationalists, the Oath Keepers, neo-Nazis, and a host of others, brand themselves as constitutional patriots. In this book, John E. Finn argues that these professions of constitutional devotion serve an important function in mainstreaming the radical right's ideological and policy agenda: to camouflage its racism, bigotry, and sexism to appeal to a broader audience.
Category: Constitutional law

The Algorithmic Rise Of The Alt Right

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ISBN : OCLC:1051978963
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As with so many technologies, the Internet’s racism was programmed right in—and it’s quickly fueled the spread of White supremacist, xenophobic rhetoric throughout the western world.

Public Spheres Of Influence And The Effects Of The Alt Right

Author : Luke Yeates
ISBN : OCLC:1124924001
Genre : Communication in politics
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"Contemporary understanding of Habermasian public spheres of influence points to a conglomeration of competing counter-spheres all vying for hegemonic control. The interaction of these spheres creates dynamic and shifting landscapes through which individuals and news media outlets maneuver. One of the larger influential groups in the United States is the establishment conservative counter-sphere, but recent political developments have given rise to a new counter-sphere, one that is increasingly racist and violent. The alt-right has grown in its political influence since the 2016 presidential election and its presence is likely having an effect on larger, more established groupings as it vies for control with surrounding groups. Understanding how these spheres affect each other helps map the spread of ideas and power through intergroup information sharing. Often, this information is disseminated through media outlets, so in order to best map this exchange, proxies for these two spheres were selected. Fox News functions as a representative for the establishment counter-sphere, and Breitbart represents the alt-right. By framing their interactions via intermedia agenda setting theory and comparing the results using ethnographic content analysis, unique frames and values were uncovered. Both outlets frame articles around liberal bias, presidential success, and dangerous others, which keys in an overarching value of in-group preservation. This study concludes by connecting these findings to historical American conservative media outlets, as well as contextualizing the results within each respective counter-sphere."--Boise State University ScholarWorks.
Category: Communication in politics

Proud Boys And The White Ethnostate

Author : Alexandra Minna Stern
ISBN : 9780807063385
Genre : Political Science
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What is the alt-right? What do they believe, and how did they take center stage in the American social and political consciousness? From a loose movement that lurked in the shadows in the early 2000s, the alt-right has achieved a level of visibility that has allowed it to expand significantly throughout America’s cultural, political, and digital landscapes. Racist, sexist, and homophobic beliefs that were previously unspeakable have become commonplace, normalized, and accepted—endangering American democracy and society as a whole. Yet in order to dismantle the destructive movement that has invaded our public consciousness, we must first understand the core beliefs that drive the alt-right. To help guide us through the contemporary moment, historian Alexandra Minna Stern excavates the alt-right memes and tropes that have erupted online and explores the alt-right’s central texts, narratives, constructs, and insider language. She digs to the root of the alt-right’s motivations: their deep-seated fear of an oncoming “white genocide” that can only be remedied through swift and aggressive action to reclaim white power. As the group makes concerted efforts to cast off the vestiges of neo-Nazism and normalize their appearance and their beliefs, the alt-right and their ideas can be hard to recognize. Through careful analysis, Stern brings awareness to the underlying concepts that guide the alt-right and animate its overlapping forms of racism, xenophobia, transphobia, and anti-egalitarianism. She explains the key ideas of “red-pilling,” strategic trolling, gender essentialism, and the alt-right’s ultimate fantasy: a future where minorities have been removed and “cleansed” from the body politic and a white ethnostate is established in the United States. By unearthing the hidden mechanisms that power white nationalism, Stern reveals just how pervasive this movement truly is.
Category: Political Science

The Philosophical Foundation Of Alt Right Politics And Ressentiment

Author : William Remley
ISBN : 9781786611987
Genre : Philosophy
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Since its inception, America has laid claim to a liberal democratic style of government with various well-known philosophical tenets. Yet the underlying beliefs or political philosophy of one of the movements that opposes liberal democratic forms of government—the alt-right—are relatively unknown. The Philosophical Foundation of Alt-Right Politics and Ressentiment is a timely book that analyses how the principles of current American politics have developed. William Remley asserts that the philosophy of Traditionalism is central to the alt-right’s understanding of itself and explores the perceived threat to social status that seems to have propelled the movement to its prominent place in American politics. Remley uses Social Dominance Theory and the philosophical work of Jean-Paul Sartre and Friedrich Nietzsche to look at how group formation and hierarchies have given rise to authoritarian leadership and how a tendency that can be best described and explained through Nietzsche’s concept of ressentiment led to the anti-foreign sentiment that rules American politics today.
Category: Philosophy

A Fair Hearing

Author : George T. Shaw
ISBN : 191207902X
Genre : Political Science
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Are these merely neo-Nazis with updated packaging, or has this movement, as its members believe, tapped into something more profound? You've heard from their detractors. Here is an opportunity to get the information firsthand, and judge for yourself. Featuring essays by Jared Taylor, Richard Spencer, Kevin MacDonald and many others.
Category: Political Science

The Rise Of The Alt Right

Author : Thomas J. Main
ISBN : 9780815732907
Genre : Political Science
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What is the Alt-Right, and how will it affect America? Donald Trump’s election as president in 2016 suddenly brought to prominence a political movement that few in political circles or the mainstream media had paid much attention to: the so-called Alt-Right. Steven Bannon, Trump's campaign manager, was a leading figure in the movement, and the election results seemed to give it a real opportunity to gain some political power. But what is the Alt-Right? Is it a movement, a theory, a trend, or just an unorganized group of people far outside of what used to be the political mainstream in America? Or, could it be all of these things? Why has it suddenly emerged into prominence? What impact is it having on American politics today, and what are the prospects for the Alt-Right in the future? Through careful research and analysis, The Rise of the Alt-Right addresses these and other questions, tracing the movement’s history from the founding of modern conservatism in postwar America to the current Trump era. Although the Alt-Right might seem to be just the latest extremist group to arise in the United States—one likely to take its place in the graveyard of its many predecessors—Thomas J. Main analyzes evidence that the Alt-Right is having a greater influence on the American political mainstream than did past extremist tendencies. The Rise of the Alt-Right is thus an important study for anyone interested in the future of American politics and public life.
Category: Political Science

The Alt Right Movement

ISBN : 1440871183
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This authoritative book traces the evolution of the alt-right in America from its roots in the intellectual discourse of conservative academics to its adoption by an array of radical activists espousing causes ranging from neo-Nazism to anti-immigration zealotry. In the process, it provides insights into the beliefs, motivations, and goals of prominent alt-right figures in American politics and media. Drawing connections between the rise of the alt-right and the evolution of similar groups across Europe and other parts of the world, the book also makes the case that the alt-right is a global rather than a purely American phenomenon. It examines the alt-right's affinity for violent, confrontational public events like the deadly 2017 "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and explains the profound influence that Russian President Vladimir Putin has had on the movement.

The Alt Right As A Community Of Discourse

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Abstract : This paper suggests ways to examine the American Alt-Right as a community of discourse. It relies on Michel Foucault's notion that discourse is marked by external procedures of prohibition, division and will to truth, and it shows how the Alt-Right owes its powerful emergence in the public sphere to these procedures. It concludes with a brief recall that internal procedures also shape a community of discourse, by giving its actors access to commentary, providing the community with a sense of shared authorship and leading to a "fellowship" of discourse. This paper was researched and written before the Charlottesville fracas (12 August 2017) that propelled the Alt-Right into the limelight, and further obscured its discursive construction.

The Future Of Terrorism

Author : Walter Laqueur
ISBN : 9781250142528
Genre : Political Science
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An expert on terrorism and an expert on counterterrorism answer the two questions everyone is asking about the rise of terrorism today: why is this happening, and when will it end? Since the death of bin Laden in 2011, ISIS has risen, al-Qaeda has expanded its reach, and right-wing extremists have surged in the United States for the same simple reason: terrorism works. It’s not caused by psychosis or irrationality, as the media often suggests. Instead, it’s terrifyingly logical. Violent acts produce political results. To show why, Walter Laqueur and Christopher Wall explore the history, rationales and precepts of terrorism, from the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, through the terror campaigns by Irish and Indian nationalists, and to the Nazis and Italian Fascists. To explain why terror is on the rise again, they show how the American invasion of Iraq created the conditions for the emergence of al-Qaeda in Iraq, part of which metastasized into ISIS, while Russia’s increasing intervention in Syria allowed both of the organizations to evolve. The Future of Terrorism brings reason to a topic usually ruled by fear. Laqueur and Wall show the structural features behind contemporary terrorism: how bad governance abets terror; the link between poverty and terrorism; why religious terrorism is more dangerous than secular; and the nature of supposed “lone wolf” terrorists. Fear alone provides no tools to combat the future of terrorism. This book does.
Category: Political Science

The Kids Are Alt Right

Author : Martin Travers
ISBN : 9781350140547
Genre : Drama
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Four Scottish teenagers. Two interlocking stories. One ideology tears them apart. Talented kickboxers and A-grade pupils Fatma and Britney have been best friends for ever. That is until now. Britney's views about everything are changing dramatically. She's getting drawn into the alt right online. When Fatma is sent something sinister through the post it triggers a series of decisions that will destroy their lives and their teacher's life for ever. Britney's brother Jordan is pals with Quinn. Quinn is proud to be right wing. That is until he falls deeply into its darkness and finds he's in over his head with a blade in his pocket. All four teenagers lives are changed forever - engulfed in the fallout of when damaging influence leads to damaging actions. This is an unflinching exploration of how young people today are prey to a range of extreme ideologies and how helpless people in their real lives are to stop them imploding. The Kids Are Alt Right is a cautionary tale of how social media and YouTube content can lead to actions and consequences that can never be undone.
Category: Drama

Alt Right Gangs

Author : Shannon E. Reid
ISBN : 9780520300453
Genre : Right-wing extremists
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Alt-Right Gangs provides a timely and necessary discussion of youth-oriented groups within the white power movement. Focusing on how these groups fit into the current research on street gangs, Shannon E. Reid and Matthew Valasik catalog the myths and realities around alt-right gangs and their members; illustrate how they use music, social media, space, and violence; and document the risk factors for joining an alt-right gang, as well as the mechanisms for leaving. By presenting a way to understand the growth, influence, and everyday operations of these groups, Alt-Right Gangs informs students, researchers, law enforcement members, and policy makers on this complex subject. Most significantly, the authors offer an extensively evaluated set of prevention and intervention strategies that can be incorporated into existing anti-gang initiatives. With a clear, coherent point of view, this book offers a contemporary synthesis that will appeal to students and scholars alike.
Category: Right-wing extremists

Racist Libertarian

Author : Dev L'Ouverture
ISBN : 0578770407
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Author Dev L'Ouverture journeys through the deep-designed racist strategy of contemporary libertarianism, spanning its 16th century influences, its culture which sparked the murderous Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville, and its Boogaloo movement seeking to ignite the next Civil War in wake of Donald Trump's presidency. There's no mercy for a #RacistLibertarian!