1st Edition

Trumping Democracy From Reagan to the Alt-Right

Edited By Chip Berlet Copyright 2020
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    Since 2014, over 80 people have been killed in the United States of America by Right-wing terrorists. In 2016 Donald Trump was elected President of the United States and received substantial support from White nationalists.

    This book explains the increase in violent White nationalism and Trump’s ascendancy in the context of the backlash against the presidency of Barack Obama. It demonstrates how there is a dynamic relationship between the Republican Party, various Right-wing populist movements, and the Right. Far Right social movements, political campaigns and the online presence of the so-called ‘alt-Right’ are all discussed. The book argues that unfair hierarchies of race, gender, and class are not aberrational tremors in America, but the fracturing bedrock of a nation in which being White, male, Christian, or straight no longer ensures a stable floor for power, status, or privilege.

    This is vital reading for students, researchers, and activists interested in American politics and the dangers of Right-wing movements and political parties.

    Interlude A: What is Democracy?, Chip Berlet; Introduction: The Roots of Reaction, Chip Berlet; 1 Theocracy and White Supremacy: Behind the Culture War to Restore Traditional Values, Chip Berlet and Margaret Quigley; 2 Swastikas in Cyberspace: Ultra-Right White Supremacy and Antisemitism Online, Chip Berlet and Carol Mason; 3 The European New Right and US Politics, Margaret Quigley; 4 Militia Nation, Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons; 5 Defending the Four Freedoms: My Dad, Memorial Day, and Democracy, Chip Berlet; 5 Why Now?, Jean V. Hardisty; 7 Drifting Right and Going Wrong: An Overview of the U.S. Political Right, Chip Berlet and Jean V. Hardisty; 8 What We Face in the Year 2000, Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons; 9 Culture, Religion, Apocalypse, and US Middle East Foreign Policy, Chip Berlet and Nikhil Aziz; Interlude B: Condi’s Dad and the Lessons of War, Chip Berlet; 10 Running Against Sodom and Osama: The Christian Right, Values Voters and the Culture Wars in 2006, Chip Berlet and Pam Chamberlain; 11 The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation, Frederick Clarkson; 12 Exporting Right-Wing Christianity, Jean Hardisty and Chip Berlet; Interlude C: Taking Tea Partiers Seriously, Chip Berlet; 13 From the KKK to Dylann Roof: White Nationalism Infuses Our Political Ideology, Chip Berlet; 14 Romney Appeals to White Tribalism in Ohio, Arun Gupta and Michelle Fawcett; 15 ‘Trumping’ Democracy: Right-Wing Populism, Fascism, and the Case for Action, Chip Berlet; 16 Republican Ideological Shift in Election 2016, Alex DiBranco and Chip Berlet; 17 From Fascist Ratlines to Republican Party Politics: How Nazi Collaborators Came to America, Chip Berlet; 18 The Patriot Movement, Armed Insurgents, and Trumpism, Spencer Sunshine and Chip Berlet; 19 Trump, Sado-Populism, Alt-Right, and Apocalyptic Neofascism, Chip Berlet; Afterword: Defending Democracy Itself, Chip Berlet and Bill Fletcher, Jr.; Postscript, Frederick Douglass


    John Foster "Chip" Berlet is an American investigative journalist, research analyst, photojournalist, scholar, and activist specializing in the study of Right-wing movements in the United States.

    "For over four decades, Chip Berlet has tirelessly exposed the reactionary forces that threaten our democratic foundations. With this book he assembles prescient contributions from a diverse array of scholar-activists committed to confronting anti-democratic threats both within and outside of political parties. The authors lay bare the roots of current political challenges; and offer progressive paths forward. Anyone seeking astute analysis of the forces that drive right-wing populism in the 21st century should look no further than this volume."

    Professor David Cunningham, Author of Klansville, USA: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan

    "This book will help you to understand how authentic movements harmonize individual freedom and aspirations with community ones. Communities raise up authentic leaders rather than leaders raising themselves up above their communities because of their Empire credentials. Movements for liberation start with a common vision that the collective agrees to struggle and risk together to achieve."

    Ruby Sales, Civil Rights and Human Rights Activist, founder, Spirit House Project

    "We can build a world based on friendship or fear. The authors in this volume document what happens when political strategists choose to mobilize our fears and unilateralism that are elements of de-civilization.  

    Professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies and Chair in Middle East and North African Studies at Oberlin College

    "If you want to know about right-wing populism you should read Chip Berlet."

    Professor Noam Chomsky, Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Linguistics department, University of Arizona in Tucson. Author of Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy

    "Chip Berlet continues to courageously and brilliantly expose the dangers of white supremacy and Christian nationalism. This book is a fascinating and indispensable roadmap of the US political right…arriving just in time!"

    Penny Rosenwasser, PhD. Founding Board Member: Jewish Voice for Peace. Author of Hope into practice: Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears

    "For scholars seeking a better understand events which led to the Trump Presidency, this is a must read. For interested readers, shocked by the rise of the American right, this is the history you need. For Americans who genuinely desire for our country to live up to ideals of our Constitution - ideas of justice and equality - this is where you start."

    Professor Angelia Wilson, University of Manchester, England; Author of The Politics of Intersectionality: Politics, Policy, and Power.