1st Edition

Exposing the Right and Fighting for Democracy Celebrating Chip Berlet as Journalist and Scholar

    244 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book celebrates the life and work of scholar-activist Chip Berlet. His contributions over four decades have had broad-ranging impacts on activists, independent intellectuals, and academics, from think tanks and social movements to generations of scholars.

    Berlet’s work over the decades has covered a wide range of topics, from the Christian Right, armed militias, social movement theory, and white supremacy to conspiracism, civil liberties, and government surveillance. This book features contributions reflecting on many of these topics by leading scholars and activists who have been inspired by his work and example.

    This book will be of great interest to scholars, students, and activists within anti-racist, anti-fascist, and progressive social movements.


    Part I: The Early Years

    1. Chip in the 1960s

    Sue Kaiser

    2. My Friend Chip

    Terre Roche

    3. From Way Back When to Now

    Grace Mastalli

    4. Chip: The "Winni" Years

    Mary Eich

    5. Our Best Friend

    Penny Rosenwasser

    6. Awe-Inspiring Moments and Radical Alterations: A Conversation with Chip Berlet

    April Rosenblum

    Part II: Analysis

    7. Ruminations on an Intellectual History of Chip Berlet and the "Right Wing Populism" Formulation

    Spencer Sunshine

    8. Transnational Right-Wing Populism: Chip Berlet’s Enduring Insights

    Jason Wilson

    9. Chip Berlet’s Brave Look at the Far Right’s History and Ourselves

    Maresi Starzmann

    10. Reading Chip Berlet in the Rose City

    J. Sciortino

    11. Chip Berlet and the Fidelity of the Clerks: A Historical Excursus

    Roger Griffin

    12. Understanding and Resisting Left-Right Convergence in the Internet Age

    Ben Gidley

    13. Social Movement Theory and Right-Wing Conspiracism: Hints from Chip Berlet’s Work

    Steven Gardiner

    14. What I Learned from Interacting with and Reading Chip Berlet: An Appreciation and Thank You

    G. William Domhoff

    15. Why I’m a Chipite: Lessons from Chip Berlet

    Shane Burley

    16. Agent and Archive: Chip Berlet and the Historicity of Right-Watchers

    A.J. Bauer

    17. Donald Trump and the Myth of the Deep State

    Michael Barkun

    Part III: Practice

    18. Our Chip

    Angelia R. Wilson

    19. In Praise of Chip Berlet: Intrepid and Trustworthy Trail Guide

    Kay Whitlock

    20. Chip Berlet’s Magic and Militias

    Kenneth S. Stern

    21. Homage to Chip

    Bill Weinberg

    22. A Conversation on Chip’s Praxis

    Mary N. Taylor and Sophie Bjork-James

    23. Righteous Mensch

    Holly Sklar

    24. The Berlet School of Political Thought

    Abby Scher

    25. Chip: You Rock My World!

    Loretta J. Ross

    26. Fighting the Good Fight: No Chip on his Shoulder

    Mark Potok

    27. Genuine Chip

    Mark Pitcavage

    28. He Opened the Library to Me

    Jennifer Mittelstadt

    29. Chip Berlet, Co-author

    Matthew N. Lyons

    30. Chip’s Intellectual Influence in Exploring African Anti-gay Politics

    Kapya Kaoma

    31. The Still, Strategic, Organizer Mind of Chip Berlet

    Kit Gage

    32. Passing the Torch

    Alex DiBranco

    33. Studies on the Right with Chip Berlet

    James P. Danky

    34. Desperately Seeking Chip

    Pam Chamberlain

    Part IV: Legacy

    35. Reflections on Reading Chip Berlet

    Aaron Winter

    36. Chip Berlet and Defending Dissent

    Sue Udry

    37. Always There in My Corner

    Scot Nakagawa

    38. A Bridge Called Chip Berlet

    Cas Mudde

    39. The Generosity of Chip Berlet

    Donna Minkowitz

    40. A Tribute to Chip

    Carol Mason

    41. For Chip

    Joe Lowndes

    42. A Hero

    Talia Lavin

    43. Chip Berlet was My Foundation

    Daryle Lamont Jenkins

    44. The Significance of Chip Berlet

    Bill Fletcher, Jr.

    45. A Bright Light of Scholarship and Reporting in a Darkening Time

    Frederick Clarkson

    46. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

    Brooke Binkowski

    47. Chip Berlet Made Me a Better Researcher and Thinker

    Heidi Beirich


    Pam Chamberlain worked, for fifteen years, alongside Chip Berlet at Political Research Associates, USA, as a researcher and analyst, helping to produce the Defending Democracy series of activist toolkits. Her writing focused on issues of sex, sexuality, gender, and how the Right sought to limit progress and gain power through its organizing in these areas. She has been a high school English teacher, a sex educator, an anti-nuclear activist, and an advisor to LGBTQ youth organizations.

    Matthew N. Lyons writes regularly for Three Way Fight, a radical anti-fascist blog. He has written several books, including one co-authored with Chip Berlet, and for various journals, magazines, and websites. His work focuses on the interplay between right-wing movements and systems of oppression, and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals, and the state. He is co-trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, which stewards the literary legacy of the late playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry.

    Abby Scher is a New York-based sociologist whose writing on the Right, economic justice, and women’s and immigrant issues appears in national outlets. She served as Editorial Director and Interim Research Director of Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank that tracks the U.S. Right, where she was a colleague of Chip Berlet. She is a partner in Research|Action, a worker-owned cooperative that allies with community and labor organizations to promote social change. The Ford Foundation recognized her organizing work bridging racial and ethnic divides with its Leadership for a Changing World Award.

    Spencer Sunshine has a Ph.D. in Sociology and has spent over fifteen years researching, writing about, and counter-organizing against the Far Right. From 2013 to 2019, he was an Associate Fellow at the think tank Political Research Associates, USA. He has written numerous articles chronicling the Far Right in the Trump era, including one co-authored with Chip Berlet. He is currently working on a history of neo-Nazi James Mason’s influential pro-terrorist book, Siege.