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Empire of Resentment Available Now

On November 19, Lawrence Rosenthal, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, and Corey D. Fields spoke on the book Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism. Sponsored by the Center for Right-Wing Studies, the discussion is now available for viewing here

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The Future of CRWS Is Uncertain; Save ISSI

In order to save money, the Vice Chancellor for Research Office has decided to close ISSI, the parent institute of CRWS.  ISSI and CRWS affiliates are fighting the closure and have developed this website to showcase the value of the Institute and the widespread support for it. Please help save ISSI:

  • Sign the petition on the website (there's a form to do so).
  • Amplify the message on social media. There's a pinned tweet on the ISSI Twitter page which you can like, share, retweet. And likewise on Facebook. If you prefer to put it in your own words, that's much appreciated too! Please use the hashtag #SaveISSI

The San Francisco Chronicle covered the fight to save ISSI on the front page

Empire of Resentment

An interview with Center for Right-Wing Studies chair Larry Rosenthal about his new book, Empire of Resentment: Populism's Toxic Embrace of Nationalism, was featured in the Berkeley News. An excerpt from the book, "How Identity Politics Became All About White Men," is available on Medium. "The fierceness of the new identity movements [of Trumpism, the Tea Party and the alt-right] is more about status lost than property lost. It is a loss so profoundly felt that it has generated a fierceness powerful enough to transform politics in the U.S. — and in much of the Western world."

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, November 30th, at 4pm. Application and more details are available here.

When Everything Is a Crisis, Nothing Is

In this Foreign Policy article, Center for Right-Wing Studies Visiting Scholar Eliah Bures questions the application of the word "crisis" in numerous fields and investigates the meaning behind "crisis."

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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 Links Between Populism and Nationalism

Center for Right Wing Studies chair Larry Rosenthal was featured in an August episode of this podcast where he spoke about his new book, "Empire of Resentment: Populism's Toxic Embrace of Nationalism."

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Black Lives Matter

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.

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."

 

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