Donald Trump’s recent rise to power has put a spotlight on what has come to be known as the “alt-right.” Yet the alt-right proceeded the Trump campaign and has, perhaps, contributed to Trump’s victory and also benefited from its close ties with the White House. This dialogue invites social scientists to comment on its causes, consequences, and its likely trajectory. What can social movement scholars learn from this movement? What has contributed to its successes? What limitations to future growth does it face (if any)? What type of people are most likely to be attracted to the alt-right, and why? How can this movement be resisted? How severe is the threat posed by the movement? How should progressives respond to the way in which the alt-right prompts debate and contention over the line between hate speech and free speech?
Many thanks to our wonderful group of contributors.
Hajar Yazdiha, University of Southern California-Dornsife (essay)
Robert Futrell & Pete Simi, University of Nevada-Las Vegas & Chapman University (essay)
Nella Van Dyke, University of California-Merced (essay)
Ziad Munson, Lehigh University (video)
Editors in Chief,
Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, Guillermo Trejo