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(original broadcast Tues., Feb. 21 from 8:00-10:00 PM EST)
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Produced by Bob Lederer, John Riley, and Naomi Brussel
The alt-right has gained wide coverage for its white supremacist, anti-woman, and anti-Jewish politics. Steve Bannon, the power behind Trump’s throne, has called his former Breitbart News "a platform for the alt-right." But just who is the alt-right, what are their internal divisions, how are they tied to the Trump regime, and how can we fight them? And what are their precursors throughout U.S. history?
Join us for a program examining these questions with Matthew Lyons, longtime leftist scholar of the far right and co-author of two books:
* the brand new book, Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The Origins and Ideology of the Alternative Right. With four essays by different authors, the book addresses the origins and rise of the so-called “alt-right,” the fascistic movement that grabbed headlines in the months leading up to the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
* Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, a 2000 book by Chip Berlet & Matthew Lyons, which is a thorough review of these movements in U.S. history starting with colonial days.
We will also speak with Michelle O’Brien, a long-time queer and trans activist who has been involved in AIDS and housing organizing, and currently is in the academic worker movement.
Understanding the alt-right is important for those who aim to resist the era in which we find ourselves. This is a movement that has the wind in its sails, embodying the resentments and frustrations of large swathes of America, intent on reasserting and reinforcing the supremacy of white men, to the detriment, exclusion, or even annihilation of everyone else. Matthew Lyon’s survey of the origins of the alt-right takes a look at its constituent parts and beliefs at the present time, as well as observations about how its future relationship with the Trump administration may play out. Of particular interest, Lyons draws attention to the importance of sexism and misogyny within this movement, to its long-term strategy, as well as to the tensions between the disparate groups that have found their home under its banner.
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Only Ctrl-Alt-Delete is in e-book and paper book format. Rightwing Populism is only in paper book format. The CD includes a recent speech by Matthew about the alt-right (and a Q&A session) and an hour-long interview with him about these topics.
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