SOURCE: The New Republic
How the Right Got Waco Wrong
by Paul Renfro
Historian Paul Renfro reviews Kevin Cook's new book, which seeks to explain how the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian cult's Waco compound became a totem for the right while also decrying the aggressive law enforcement tactics that escalated the situation toward mass death.
SOURCE: Just Security
Jan. 6 Report Gives Good, but Not Complete, Picture of Right-Wing Extremists
by Jon Lewis
A domestic extremism researcher argues that the committee's report lets law enforcement and intelligence agencies off the hook for their evaluation of the theat of right-wing violence at the Capitol and makes a future incident more likely.
How Disinformation Powers Vigilantism
Right wing misinformation has linked the nation's borders with race war discourse that encourages vigilantism, according to historian Carly Goodman.
SOURCE: New York Times
From the Past, a Chilling Warning About the Extremists of the Present
“Do they want armed revolution and race war or are they seeking to enter politics?” said historian Kathleen Belew. “Do they want to burn it down or do they want to take over?”
What Kyle Rittenhouse's Fate Reveals about Law and Order
by Nicole Hemmer
Historically, white vigilantism, especially against the demands of minorities for civil and economic equality, has been a key component of the politics of "law and order."
SOURCE: New York Times
Out of the Barrel of a Gun
The resurgent militia movement and renewed attention to the threat of political violence compels a reckoning with the vast number of firearms in America and with the political significance of guns.
SOURCE: The Intercept
Capitol Attack was Culmination of Generations of Far-Right Extremism
Historians Robin D.G. Kelley and Greg Grandin discuss the historical relationship between white supremacy and political violence in the US.
How the Pro-Trump Mob Fits in the History of U.S. Lynching
Kathleen Belew joins Nikole Hannah-Jones on Joy Ann Reid's show to discuss the rise of the far right movement that drove the Capitol rioting on January 6.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
‘The Turner Diaries’ Didn’t Just Inspire The Capitol Attack. It Warns Us What Might Be Next
Historian Kathleen Belew discusses the centrality of the 1978 novel to the far right and its possible use as a blueprint for future attacks.
SOURCE: New York Daily News
Who are the Self-Styled Liberators? Looking More Deeply at those Protesting Coronavirus Shutdowns
by Betsy Gaines Quammen
The American militia movement — a network of armed people, some religiously motivated, some white supremacists, some neither, loosely organized to defend the Constitution, or at least their own version of it — have joined in protests of COVID closures.
Why Americans Didn’t Rally Around Ammon Bundy
by Matthew C. Hulbert
The takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge triggered unpleasant memories of guerrilla warfare from our past.
Ammon Bundy’s Wrongheaded History of Militias Is Getting People Killed
by Thomas A. Reinstein
Historically, militias were a tool of the state, not a force formed in opposition to the state.
This Isn’t The First Time Armed Ranchers Have Seized Government Land in Oregon
by Steven C. Beda
Back in 1941 they proclaimed themselves the State of Jefferson. Then Pearl Harbor happened.
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