30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right

The last decade has seen major changes in the American radical right. What was once a world largely dominated by a few relatively well-organized groups has become a scene populated by large numbers of smaller, weaker groups, with only a handful led by the kind of charismatic chieftains that characterized the 1990s. At the same time, there has been explosive growth in several sectors of the radical right, especially in the last few years, much of it driven by anger over the diminishing white majority (the Census Bureau has predicted that non-Hispanic whites will fall to less than 50% of the population by 2050) and the severe dislocations caused by a still-ailing economy. An anti-Muslim movement, almost entirely ginned up by political opportunists and hard-line Islamophobes, has grown enormously since taking off in 2010, when reported anti-Muslim hate crimes went up by 50%. During the same time frame, a number of religious-right anti-gay groups, enraged and on the defensive as swelling majorities of Americans drop their opposition to same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights, have grown extraordinarily vicious in their propaganda. Most dramatically, so-called “Patriot” groups — which, unlike most hate groups, see the federal government as their primary enemy — have grown explosively in just the last three years, going from 149 groups in 2008 to 1,274 last year. As a result of all these developments and others, a new crop of leaders has come to the fore. Some are longtime activists of the radical right, but others have become active only in recent years. What follows is an alphabetized series of short profiles of key men and women activists of the radical right — 30 to watch.

Virginia Abernethy

 

Chuck Baldwin

 

David Barton

 

Don Black

 

Michael Boldin

 

Michael L. Brown

 

Kevin J. DeAnna

 

Tom DeWeese

 

David Duke

 

Lou Engle

 

Joseph Francis Farah

 

Bryan Fischer

 

Frank Gaffney

 

Pamela Geller

 

Morris L. Gulett

 

Michael Hill

 

Alex E. Jones

 

Cliff Kincaid

 

Randal Lee Krager

 

Alex Linder

 

Kevin MacDonald

 

Jason "Molotov" Mitchell

 

Elmer Stewart Rhodes

 

Kyle Rogers

 

Malik Zulu Shabazz

 

Samuel Jared Taylor

 

James Timothy Turner

 

Michael Brian Vanderboegh

 

Pastor John Weaver

 

David Yerushalmi