Month: August 2018

To Russia With Love: U.S. Extremists Mad for Vlad

The League of the South, America’s leading neo-Confederate, pro-secessionist group, is a white supremacist organization that describes the Deep South as ‘White Man’s Land.’ It speaks often of a coming race war, which its leader warns black people they will surely lose. It hates Jews. It believes the antebellum South was a rare remnant of true… Continue reading “To Russia With Love: U.S. Extremists Mad for Vlad”

When Liberals Have Had Enough: A New Wave of Protests in Romania

Whereas the stereotypical pro-government voter consumes partisan local media; by contrast, the stereotypical protester in Bucharest owns an iPhone and reads international newspapers online. Over the weekend of 10-12 August 2018, Romanian and international media were filled with images of government violence against peaceful protesters. Roughly 120,000 people filled Victory Square in Bucharest on Friday… Continue reading “When Liberals Have Had Enough: A New Wave of Protests in Romania”

No, the Racial Diversity of a Country Does Not Perfectly Predict Pro-Immigrant Attitudes

  The Economist recently published an article titled “European xenophobia reflects racial diversity, not asylum applications.” Despite the misleading title, the article actually purports to show that the ethnic and racial make-up of a country is strongly correlated with increases in pro-immigrant sentiment in Europe. It illustrates this using a scatterplot, where points represent the… Continue reading “No, the Racial Diversity of a Country Does Not Perfectly Predict Pro-Immigrant Attitudes”

What the Özil Affair Tells Us about Contemporary Germany

The affair might have passed relatively quickly had it not been for the success of the far-right Alternative for Germany party in the 2017 federal election. Germany’s performance in the FIFA World Cup in Russia was nothing short of a disaster. The 2014 champion came in dead last in its group, losing the final match against… Continue reading “What the Özil Affair Tells Us about Contemporary Germany”

Analysis Of Facebook Activity Reveals Who Attended Last Year’s “Unite The Right” Rally

This article is the second in a series on network analysis of the radical right. A prior posting for the CARR blog explains how network analysis can help explain the structure of online communities. Fifty years after the “Summer of Love” transformed American youth culture, Andrew Anglin, the proprietor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily… Continue reading “Analysis Of Facebook Activity Reveals Who Attended Last Year’s “Unite The Right” Rally”

Revisiting Some Recent Literature on the Alt-Right

Academic scholarship on the Alt-Right is much smaller than journalistic prose. That said, the last several years have seen an upsurge in scholarly writing on this contemporary phenomenon. To date, academic press has published only two books on the Alt-Right. In 2017, Making Sense of the Alt-Right, examines the movement’s origins, ideology, goals and role… Continue reading “Revisiting Some Recent Literature on the Alt-Right”

When Interpreting Fascism and Islamism, How ‘Progressive’ are ‘Progressive’ Intellectuals?

In my previous blog, I made three key points: 1) Islamists are neglected when we consider the contemporary radical right; 2) Islamists, like Christian fundamentalists, may qualify as right-wing extremists; and 3) By neglecting Islamists, we underestimate their serious influence (and lethality), while potentially overestimating the impact of radical right ideologues, movements, and political parties. How… Continue reading “When Interpreting Fascism and Islamism, How ‘Progressive’ are ‘Progressive’ Intellectuals?”