In conversation with Crosscut author Knute Berger, Neiwert lends insight into the momentum that has been gathering behind these belief structures since the 1990’s, citing the influence of powerful right-wing media and growth of radical conservative activist groups. He charts the evolution of the mysterious “alt-right”—from a post-9/11 profusion of fresh conspiracy theorists to the virulent rebuke against the first black president by militant racists, up to a present-day examination of connections between Donald Trump and figures on the far right. Sobering and urgent, Neiwert’s expertise promises to provide crucial perspective about one of the most disturbing pieces of American society.
David Neiwert is a journalist and author and an acknowledged expert in American right-wing extremism. He has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Newsroom, and The Rachel Maddow Show and is the Managing Editor of the popular political blog Crooks and Liars.
Knute Berger is Mossback, Crosscut’s chief Northwest native. He also writes the monthly Gray Matters column for Seattle magazine and is an occasional guest on Weekday on KUOW-FM (94.9). His newest book is Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice, published by Sasquatch Books.
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