Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Peak wingnut": demographically yes, but activity-wise no

I think right-wing nuttery is demographically doomed. But the fact that its lost its grip on mainstream power (outside of certain regional ghettos) means that they are feeling bewildered, angry, and paranoid. Thus, we're seeing an increase in right-wing activity like the recent "teabagging" events.

So I happy and worried: happy that right-wing extremism as an electoral strategy is going to be less and less viable. But I'm worried that disempowered right-wing extremists will resort to violence as their political power wanes.

Here's a scary thought: What if someone figures out how to make right-wing extremism appealing to minorities in this country? Then we're in big trouble.

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