Friday, April 05, 2019
It's now obvious to everyone the SPLC is in trouble after firing both its founder and president. So it's admirers are in damage control mode: admit there are a few problems and salvage the carcass.
He found his philosophical home at the archconservative John Birch Society, which is undergoing a renaissance in the Trump era.
Question, is the John Birch Society a thing now and is Trump the cause?
Even as the SPLC, based in Montgomery, Alabama, has become a heavy-hitting counterweight against rising white nationalism in the U.S., it is in the midst of its own reckoning.
Question: is white nationalism a rising tide? Is there a "rising tide" of other groups bound by, say, Marxism, Black Nationalism, Socialism, Feminism, LBGTQism, etc.ism?
And critics have blamed the SPLC’s labeling as extremists mainstream figures like author Charles Murray – who posited in the “Bell Curve” the widely debunked theory that there may be genetic differences between the races – as contributing to hostility toward free speech on college campuses.
From what perspective is Charles Murray an extremist? Is there a difference between races based on genetics and when was it debunked?
Painting Americans like Mr. Buckles and Mr. Mulch as nationalist revolutionaries underscores the lack of a hard definition of extremism, complicated by the difficulty of a majority-white nation to address a surge of white nationalism, argues Mr. Berger, author of “Jihad Joe,” in an email.
If you see white nationalists under every bed, you are a conspiracy theorist who believes that the SPLC basically does good work and needs to be rescued from a few bad apples.