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THE ATTACK ON WORKING PEOPLE & ORGANIZED LABOR

By , on April 19, 2011
It became clear in 2011 that there was a broad attack on working people, especially those in unions. Anti-labor campaigns by corporate interests are nothing new, and are frequently masked by rhetoric about freedom of choice for employees. The main Read More

WHITE SUPREMACIST SHOOTINGS POST-ELECTION CREATE DEADLY LEGACY

By , on June 17, 2009
During the election campaign in 2008 it was clear some people on the political Right were becoming agitated about the potential for a Black man backed by liberals to become the next President of the United States. Shortly before the Read More

VON MISES RISES FROM THE SCRAP HEAP OF HISTORY

By , on May 5, 2009
Corporate coffers are spilling out tens of millions of dollars to block the Employee Free Choice Act and keep unions from having a fair chance at organizing workers. Their propagandists claim this confrontation is a “firestorm bordering on Armageddon,” in Read More

CARD CHECK, FDR, AND RIGHT-WING HISTORY

By , on April 5, 2009
The Obama administration will face stiff opposition to the pro-union “Card Check” legislation he promised to support, known officially as the Employee Free Choice Act. Opponents have launched a campaign that highlights the lack of union democracy, corruption, union bosses, Read More

ANTI-UNION CAMPAIGNS AND THE BIG THREE BULLIES

By , on March 5, 2009
Corporate America and a well-funded network of ultraconservative think tanks and policy centers are raising tens of millions of dollars to fight pending legislation allowing union card check campaigns. These campaigns collect a majority of worker signatures to qualify for Read More

LEADERLESS COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGY 

THE “WAR ON TERROR,” CIVIL LIBERTIES, AND FLAWED SCHOLARSHIP

By , on September 10, 2008
Ceneri/iStock The effectiveness of counterterrorism efforts by the Bush Administration is compromised by flawed analyses based on sloppy scholarship by Marc Sageman and Bruce Hoffman—two leading experts heavily relied on by policymakers. The resulting programs of government surveillance and computerizedRead More

THE NORTH AMERICAN UNION 

RIGHT-WING POPULIST CONSPIRACISM REBOUNDS

By , on March 10, 2008
The same right-wing populist fears of a collectivist one-world government and new world order that fueled Cold War anticommunism, mobilized opposition to the Civil Rights Movement, and spawned the armed citizens militia movement in the 1990s, have resurfaced as an Read More

WHITHER THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT? HOW RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES SUCCEEDED AND FAILED IN THE 2006 ELECTIONS

By , on December 1, 2006
Co-authored by Chip Berlet   Chip Berlet is a former senior analyst at Political Research Associates. He authored Eyes Right! and Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort (with Matthew N. Lyons) and is a frequent contributor to Talk2Action Read More

CALVINISM, CAPITALISM, CONVERSION, AND INCARCERATION

By , on November 6, 2004
Why are increased sentences and the severe punishment of those convicted of crimes so popular and prevalent in U.S. culture? Since the late 1970s our society has accepted increasingly rigid and vengeful ways of punishing those convicted of crimes. Behind Read More

CLINTON, CONSPIRACISM, AND THE CONTINUING CULTURE WAR: WHAT IS PAST IS PROLOGUE

By , on April 1, 1999
The roar was visceral. A torrent of sound fed by a vast subconscious reservoir of anger and resentment. Repeatedly, as speaker after speaker strode to the podium and denounced President Clinton, the thousands in the cavernous auditorium surged to their Read More
  

RIGHT WOOS LEFT

By , on February 27, 1999
Populist Party, LaRouchite, and Other Neo-fascist Overtures To Progressives, And Why They Must Be Rejected   TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface & Acknowledgements Introduction PARANOID CONSPIRACISM AND THE RIGHT The New Right & The Secular Humanism Conspiracy Theory John Birch Society Read More

JOHN SALVI, ABORTION CLINIC VIOLENCE, AND CATHOLIC RIGHT CONSPIRACISM

By , on March 19, 1996
Most of the news coverage of John C. Salvi 3d has portrayed him as a confused person making nonsensical statements alleging conspiracies against Catholics. In fact, almost all of Salvi’s conspiratorial statements echo paranoid scapegoating theories long circulated by a Read More
tatements echo paranoid scapegoating theories long circulated by a Read More

THEOCRACY AND WHITE SUPREMACY: BEHIND THE CULTURE WAR TO RESTORE TRADITIONAL VALUES

By , on November 19, 1995
Co-Authored by Margaret Quigley The first version of this article appeared in December 1992, and reviewed the role of Dominionism inside the Christian Right. To understand the Tea Party of today, it helps to see where the trend emerged. As Read More

ATTACKS ON GREENPEACE AND OTHER ECOLOGY GROUPS

By , on August 22, 1991
Environmental activists over the past few years have reported a series of incidents involving surveillance, police overreaction, and harassment that leads then to believe they are being targeted by a campaign to discredit them and hamstring their attempts to exercise Read More