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Mobilizing Resentment

Program #BERC003. Recorded in Woods Hole, MA on June 10, 2003.

The rise of right-wing populism is not an overnight success story. It didn't happen because millions of people suddenly started listening to Rush Limbaugh. And the current widespread influence of right-wing groups is not unique to this period in American history. The roots are deep and the historical trends point the way to where we are today: rightwing values have a firm grip on many mainstream political and cultural institutions. The strategies used by right-wing leaders to achieve this success are worth examining by any grassroots organizer.

Speaker(s):

Chip Berlet

Chip Berlet is senior analyst with Political Research Associates, an organization which monitors and reports on right-wing movements. His articles appear in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Progressive magazine. He is the editor of Eyes Right: Challenging the Right Wing Backlash and co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America.

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