‘Alt-Right’ Movement

March 17, 2017 • Volume 27, Issue 11
Do its white-nationalist views have wide support?
By Marcia Clemmitt



Daniels, Jessie , Cyber Racism , Rowman & Littlefield, 2009. A sociology professor at Hunter College in New York City recounts how white supremacists have used the internet to win followers and spread their message.

Hawley, George , Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism , University Press of Kansas, 2016. An assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama describes how far-right thinkers — including white nationalists and “paleoconservatives” — have challenged mainstream conservatives and helped spawn the so-called alt-right.

Swain, Carol M., and Russ Nieli , Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America , Cambridge University Press, 2003. A professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University (Swain) and a lecturer in politics at Princeton University (Nieli) present in-depth interviews with 10 leading white nationalists in the United States, several of whom are members of the loose network that has become the “alt-right.”


Beauchamp, Zack , “White Riot,” Vox, Jan. 20, 2017, The rising number of minorities in the United States and Europe may have led to a white backlash against increasing ethnic diversity and multiculturalism and contributed to the election of President Trump.

Ehrenfreund, Max , “What the alt-right really wants, according to a professor writing a book about them,” The Washington Post, Nov. 21, 2016, A University of Alabama assistant professor of political science, who is interviewing alt-right members for a new book, describes what he has learned about the beliefs and demographics of the movement, saying “it is predominantly an online phenomenon, and amorphous.”

Letson, Al , “A frank conversation with a white nationalist,” Reveal, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Nov. 10, 2016, In an interview, alt-right spokesman Richard Spencer describes his hopes that the United States eventually will become a white “ethno-state” — a nation populated entirely by people of white European ancestry.

Ohlheiser, Abby, and Caitlin Dewey , “Hillary Clinton's alt-right speech, annotated,” The Washington Post, Aug. 25, 2016, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton brought the alt-right heightened publicity when, in a 2016 speech, she sharply criticized the movement and then-candidate Donald Trump's alleged embrace of it.

Penny, Laurie , “On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America's New Right,” Pacific Standard, Feb. 21, 2017, A reporter describes her conversations with young men who worked for alt-right-affiliated provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos during his college lecture tour. These alt-right members were primarily involved with the movement for amusement, not because of the ideology, she says.

Roy, Avik , “Up From White Identity Politics,” National Review, Aug. 18, 2016, A conservative columnist explains why he believes white-identity politics are bad for the country, for conservatives and for Republican priorities.

Siegel, Jacob , “The Alt-Right's Jewish Godfather,” Tablet, Nov. 29, 2016, Richard Spencer's alt-right network includes anti-Semites. But Spencer's philosophical mentor is Paul Gottfried, a Jewish professor and a developer of paleoconservatism, which criticizes mainstream conservatives as too friendly to social and political equality.

Tanner, Charles, Jr. , “Richard Spencer: Alt-Right, White Nationalist, Anti-Semite,” Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR), Jan. 5, 2017, A human-rights advocate describes alt-right spokesman Richard Spencer's background in the world of far-right political theory.

Reports and Studies

Berger, J.M. , “Nazis vs. ISIS on Twitter: A Comparative Study of White Nationalist and ISIS Online Social Media Networks,” George Washington University Program on Extremis, September 2016, A university-based researcher on extremist movements describes how white nationalists and the Islamic State gather followers and communicate their views using social media.

Klapsis, Antonis , “An Unholy Alliance: The European Far Right and Putin's Russia,” Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies, 2015, A centrist European think tank examines links between European far-right parties with similarities to the alt-right and Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government.

Lyons, Matthew N. , “Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The Origins And Ideology Of The Alternative Right,” Political Research Associates, Jan. 20, 2017, An independent researcher on right-wing extremism traces the origins of the alt-right.

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