Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine

by
Abby Zimet

A scary new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center finds the number of right-wing extremist
groups at record levels - almost 1,000 - and so-called Patriot groups
up 244% in the last year, from 149 to 512. Immigrants, blacks, gays,
Obama commies, anyone who wants health reform - you name 'em, they hate
'em.

"We are in the midst of one of the most significant
right-wing populist rebellions in United States history," Chip Berlet,
a veteran analyst of the American radical right, wrote earlier this
year. "We see around us a series of overlapping social and political
movements populated by people [who are] angry, resentful, and full of
anxiety."

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