The Rise of Domestic Extremism

In the wake of an increasing amount of events related to armed politics and violent activism in the United States, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has released two reports that evaluate the growing threats of domestic extremist movements.

The first report, Skinheads, Saints, and (National) Socialists: An Overview of the Transnational White Supremacist Extremist Movement, analyzes white supremacist extremism. It assesses major white supremacy ideologies, groups, and the extent of the current threat and its predicted evolution both in the U.S. and internationally.

The second report, Behind the Black Bloc: An Overview of Militant Anarchism and Anti-Fascism, examines militant anti-fascism and anarchism. Even though the authors acknowledge that neither movement is inherently violent, both have supporters who tend to use violence to achieve their goals. This report focuses on why and how both groups carry out this violence.

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