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Attempts by the racist “alt-right” to recover from the stumbling block of August 2017’s disastrous Unite the Right rally have been dashed by several recent upheavals.
Ben Zuckerman, the president of the board of the anti-immigrant Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) co-edited a book with well-known white nationalist Michael Hart. The book, Extraterrestrials: Where Are They?, examines the plausibility of aliens existing and was first published in 1982 and again in 1995, but a 2015 email exchange obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that Zuckerman cared little about Hart’s openly racist beliefs.
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, in the news recently for his role financing the Hulk Hogan lawsuit against Gawker, is scheduled to travel to Bodrum, Turkey, in September to address the annual meeting of the ultra-libertarian Property and Freedom Society.
Reporting on organized white supremacy comes with a myriad of challenges. We confront those challenges on Hatewatch daily with varying degrees of frustration and success. And we have watched with sympathy –– and, yes, at times frustration –– as reporters and editors have grappled with white supremacy rebranded as the “Alt-Right.”