Mark Potok is director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which monitors extremist activity across the United States. Rage on the Right, the organization’s new report on the growth of extremist groups can be read at www.splcenter.org.
Despite the fact that he has no academic training in history or related fields at all, Barton has become the go-to man for much of the religious far right.
Law enforcement officials say the number of violent encounters with anti-government “sovereign citizens” is rising.
Even the Anti-Defamation League denies that the Occupy movement is infused with anti-Semitism, but ultra-conservative pundits are sticking with that non-story anyway.
Violent right-wing extremism is surging, but the Department of Homeland Security is scaling back intelligence units that might catch the next Timothy McVeigh before it’s too late.
A small coterie of highly vocal activists, using angry rhetoric and xenophobic propaganda, are stoking this rage.
Events celebrating secession are effectively glorifying the South’s defense of slavery and the white supremacist doctrine that underpinned it.