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CRWS stands in solidarity with those protesting anti-Black violence and working to promote racial justice in policing, health care, and all spheres of society. White supremacy is a core value of the right wing; for those interested in learning more, we recommend two books by our faculty affiliates: Global Raciality: Empire, PostColoniality, DeColoniality by Paola Bacchetta, Sunaina Maira, and Howard Winant and Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America by Kathleen Belew.

‘An extraordinary moment’: UC Berkeley talk examines fascism, far-right

The UC Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute recently held a virtual interview with Lawrence Rosenthal, the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies’ founder, lead researcher and chair. Rosenthal addressed a number of political issues, including 20th-century fascism in Europe, modern-day nationalist regimes across the globe, white supremacy and the “alt-right,” or white nationalist, political movement in the United States. Read the Daily Cal article about the interview here and you can also watch the YouTube video of the interview.

Book Cover: Empire of Resentment

New Book on Populism and Nationalism

Larry Rosenthal, CRWS Chair, chronicles the transformation of the American far right that made the Trump presidency possible—and what it portends for the future. Since Trump’s victory and the UK’s Brexit vote, much of the commentary on the populist epidemic has focused on the emergence of populism. In Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism, Rosenthal argues that what is happening globally is not the emergence but the transformation of right-wing populism. Rosenthal paints a vivid sociological, political, and psychological picture of the transnational quality of this movement, which is now in power in at least a dozen countries, creating a de facto Nationalist International. The future of democratic politics in the United States and abroad depends on whether right-wing populists stay with this nationalist ideology and whether the liberal and left parties have the political capacity to effect a progressive populism of their own.

The State Schema: Seeing Politics through Morality and Capacity

Research supported by the Center for Right Wing Studies mini-grant program has been published in Qualitative Sociology. Tyler Leeds, a UCB Sociology grad student, studies conservative rural activists and their anti- and pro-state attitudes.

"Peter argues that not all of the agencies we’re discussing are on the same side. The FBI, he tells me, has its eyes on ending President Donald Trump. 'There is going to be a coup,' he says, before describing the foreboding flight of FBI helicopters over the White House, something he read about online and discussed with other members of the chapter. He was also keeping his eyes on the highway patrol, but he noted he had friends who were sheriff’s deputies. 'They’re heroes,' he says."

 

The Ineffable Conservative Revolution: The Crisis of Language as a Motive for Weimar's Radical Right

This article by Center for Right Wing Studies visiting scholar Eliah Bures provides a new look at Weimar Germany's Conservative Revolution by exploring its suspicion of conceptual and discursive language. It argues that Conservative Revolutionaries not only disdained intellectualism and public discourse; they also extolled their presumed opposites—instinct, intuition, self-evidence—as crucial ingredients in an “ineffable nationalism” which held that a true nation is based on unexpressed or difficult-to-articulate feelings and values.

Larry Rosenthal

COVID-19 Responses in Right-Wing and Misogynist Communities

From spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories about the World Health Organization, to refusals to respect stay-at-home orders, to amping up online harassment while people are spending more time in the virtual world, the global right-wing has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in alarming ways. This panel discussion on the state of right-wing and male supremacist responses to COVID-19 with presentations from IRMS experts Julia DeCook and Chelsea Ebin and remarks from CRWS chair Larry Rosenthal is now uploaded to Youtube.

Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

 

As world struggles to stop deaths, far right celebrates COVID-19

CRWS-affiliated faculty Cynthia Miller-Idriss spoke to Al Jazeera about far-right hardliners welcoming the COVID-19 crisis:

"The situation is ripe for exploitation by the far right," Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University sociologist and expert on the far-right, told Al Jazeera.

Aside from feeding into "accelerationist and apocalyptic ideas", Miller Idriss said "the uncertainty the pandemic creates creates fertile ground for claims about the need for change or the solutions the far right purports to offer."

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How the Right is #CapitalizingOnCovid

CRWS is participating in a Twitter Town Hall on Wednesday April 22nd at 4pm PT to highlight how the right is #CapitalizingOnCovid. 

During the hour, CRWS researchers and partners will be asking and answering questions about how right-wing movements, organizations, and leaders are #CapitalizingOnCovid in order to consolidate authoritarianism during the crisis, and how we can resist that consolidation and push instead for a feminist, multiracial, liberal democracy. 

 

Support CRWS This Week

This week is the Big Give, a campus-wide fundraising campaign. Please support CRWS, the only research unit on a US campus dedicated to analyzing the right wing. 

Mini-grants for Right-Wing Studies

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies invites UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students to apply for small grants to assist with the development of student research projects on issues related to right-wing movements in the U.S. or other regions of the world. Applications are due on Monday, March 9th, 2020 at 4pm. Application and more details are available here.

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