After four years of stunning growth, the number of groups on the American radical right dropped significantly for the first time in 2013. The decline in hate groups and, especially, antigovernment “Patriot” groups was driven by a legal crackdown, the failure of various nightmarish radical predictions to materialize, the co-opting by politicians of the extreme right’s issues, and the re-election of President Obama.
For years, the radical right has been plugging the idea that a toothless United Nations sustainability plan is really part of a conspiracy to impose socialism on liberty-loving Americans. In Baldwin County, Ala., these groundless fears resulted in feckless politicians killing an award-winning comprehensive development plan.
Hate groups in America, for the most part, are severely underfinanced and often struggle to find ways to support their activities. But large numbers are using PayPal to sell their products and accept donations, generating fees for that firm, and some are also making significant commissions by advertising Amazon.com’s products.
Matthew Heimbach started out small, chalking white power slogans on the sidewalks of his university and annoying fellow students and professors. But in the last year, he has plunged into full-fledged neo-Nazism, causing some on the radical right to abandon him but others to see him as the future face of white nationalism.
The number of hate and antigovernment “Patriot” groups fell significantly for the first time in 2013 after four years of spectacular growth. But the radical right still remains enormous by historical standards, and its capacity for terrorism is still very much alive.
The hate groups listed in this report include neo-Nazis, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, Klansmen and black separatists. Other hate groups on the list target LGBT people, Muslims or immigrants, and some specialize in producing racist music or propaganda denying the Holocaust.