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Companion Websites For Studying Trump, Right-Wing Populism, and Fascism

Right-Wing Populism in America
Excerpts from the book by Chip Berlet and
Matthew N. Lyons and expanded resources

Chip Berlet's Research for Progress Website & Blog

What are the Tools of Fear Used by Trump?
From Bigotry to Scapegoating to Violence

How Organized Wealth Keeps Screwing U.S.
A Slightly Snarky History of the 1%

Political Research Associates
Progressive Clearinghouse for Information on
Right-Wing Movements and Institutions

Scholar Bob Altemeyer on Authoritarianism:
Donald Trump and Authoritarian Followers
Authoritarianism & the Tea Party Movement

The Collaborative Progressive Movements Commons <<< You Are Here!


Southern Movement Blueprint:
a plan of action in a time of crisis

Download the printable blueprint

See the Detailed Blueprint

Introduction by Legendary Organizer Suzanne Pharr

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Featured Resources at the Progressive Movements Commons:

Urgent Care:
A Section on Safety and Security

Defending Civil Liberties: Activists Should Start Here for News and Resources
Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation

No More
Fake News!

Search or Browse a
Curated List
of over 250 Reliable Websites

from progressive, liberal, and civil liberties organizations


How Trump's Rhetoric of Right-Wing Populism with its  Economic "Producerist" Conspiracy Theories Fuels a Bigoted Right-Wing Juggernaut of White Nationalism, Heteropatriachy, & Repression

A Single-Page Chart
A Set of Connected Charts
A Full Slide Show on Right-Wing Populism & "Producerist" Conspiracism:
As Web Pages (html)
 -- MP4 Video
Downloadable PDF File

Race, Gender, Class - try to separate them and you help build systems of oppression. 

How Systems of Oppression are
Created and Maintained
Prejudice + Power = Oppression

Why Trump's Bigoted Rhetoric Matters -- Because Bigoted Right-Wing Populism Leads to Violent Attacks

Heroes Know Which Villains to Kill: How Coded Rhetoric Incites Scripted Violence

To counter Trumpism progressive organizers and organizations need to expose the ideologies behind the Trump campaign, but also in “mainstream” US society.

  • White Nationalism
  • Christian Nationalism
  • Greedster Market Economics
  • Hetero-Patriarchy & Misogyny
  • Rugged Individualism
  • Aggressive Militarism
  • Planetary Resource Exploitation
(developed by Chip Berlet and Alex DiBranco for a forthcoming study)

What is Democracy?

Democracy is a process,
not a specific set of institutions

Democracy is a process that assumes
the majority of people, over time,
-given enough accurate information,
-an education that inspires curiosity,
-access to free, open, public debates,
-and can vote without intimidation,
reach constructive decisions
that benefit the whole of society, and
-preserve liberty,
-protect our freedoms,
-extend equality, and
-defend democracy itself.

Systems of Oppression in the United States that are Fuled by Prejudice


Religious Triumphalism

(and many more)

+ Power
= Oppression

This simple formula
allows us to discuss interrelated 
"Systems of Oppression" and explore the intesectionality that keeps us apart but could unite us into a powerful movement for justice, democracy, and human rights.


Forms of Discrimination

i.e. person to person

Structural (defacto)
i.e. within kinship, family, and/or societal structures.

Systemic (defacto)
i.e. political systems (social democracy, fascism), economic systems

Institutional (defacto)
i.e. Fox News, Tea Parties, John Birch Society, Heritage Foundation, Free Congress Foundation,

Legal (dejure)
i.e. Courts, Police, Parole officers, FBI, etc.

These can occur singly or in combinations.

Movement Building 101

Strategic Rhetoric

Avoid "Extremism" Replace with (The Target) and (The Act or Methodology)
---Examples: Racist Terror, Sexist Rhetoric, Islamophobic Articles, Antisemitic Posts. Homophobic Assault, Stigmatizing the Disabled, Stereotyping Mexicans
---WHY? "Extremism" is a term used to deligitimize any ideas outside the political Center; and to suggest systems of oppression are something we all do not need to confront.

Avoid "Hate Crimes" Replace with "Bias Crimes" or "Ethnoviolence."
---WHY? Because most of us tend to think those people that "hate" are not like us, and so we do not confront our own--often unconscious--complicity in exisiting systems of oppression.

Avoid "Violent Radicalization"
---WHY? "Radicalization" deals with the relative position of ideas and ideologies while "Violence" is an act. Thus the term "Violent Radicalization" undermines First Amendment guarantees of free speech, and masks the wave of surevellance and political repression being carried out by US government authorities.

Groups with Reliable Resorces

Core Progressive Groups

Black Lives Matter 
Center for Media & Democracy
Center for New Community
Class Matters
Greenpeace USA
Highlander Research and Education Center
Institute for Southern Studies
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
National Organization for Women
Political Research Associates
Project South
Race Forward
Southern Movement Assembly
Spirit House Project
Showing Up for Racial Justice
United for a Fair Economy
Western States Center
Working America

Selected Reliable Progressive Media:

The American Prospect
Democracy Now
In These Times
Mother Jones
Nation Magazine
Progressive Magazine
Washington Spectator

Focused Commercial Media

Ms. Magazine
Indian Country News
High Country News

Public Interest Journalism

Pro Publica

Democracy and Human Rights:

Amnesty International

Civil Liberties

American Civil Liberties Union

Rights & Dissent

--Bill of Rights Defense Committee
--Defending Dissent Foundation

Research Resources

At the
Resources for Progress Website

Small Populism Chart

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Definitions for Progressives < under construction

Note: Links to specific edits of Wikipedia pages listed here have passed a cursory check on being sensible, but always be careful to verify information

What is Fascism?
Best definition: Roger Griffin, "[F]ascism is best defined as a revolutionary form of nationalism, one that sets out to be a political, social and ethical revolution, welding the ‘people’ into a dynamic national community under new elites infused with heroic values. The core myth that inspires this project is that only a populist, trans-class movement of purifying, cathartic national rebirth (palingenesis) can stem the tide of decadence.

See also on this Wikipedia page on Definitions of Fascism:
Reliable definitions of fascism for progressives: Robert Paxton, Umberto Eco, Emilo Gentile.
Common right-wing or economic libertarian definitions of fascism: Friedrich August von Hayek, John T. Flynn, Linda & Morris Tannehill
Definitions by Ultra-Right or Fascist ideologues: Benito Mussolini
Idiocentric definitions: Charles Maurras

What is Right-Wing Populism?
Right-wing populist movements are ...a repressive populist movement motivated or defined centrally by a backlash against liberation movements, social reform, or revolution. This does not mean that right-wing populism’s goals are only defensive or reactive, but rather that its growth is fueled in a central way by fears of the Left and its political gains.
by Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons

How do Right-Wing Populism and Fascism Interact?

What is White Nationalism?
"White Nationalism is an ideology and system of power that constrains our activities in the United States in ways that range from subtle to blatant. White Nationalism is extolled by organized supremacist groups and armed insurgents, but also by major media figures and political leaders."
by Chip Berlet

What is Authoritarianism?
"Donald Trump and Authoritarian Followers"
by scholar Bob Altemeyer

What is Totalitarianism?


Sections in development:
nonviolent civil disobedience and protests