(TRUTHOUT) – No, the right wing is not a monolithic force. One of the key points Matthew N. Lyons details in his book "Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right's Challenge to State and Empire" is that the right wing is composed of groups with different historical roots. Trump, Lyons argues in this interview, is a right-wing populist.
Mark Karlin: Why is it important to break the far right in the United States into distinctive components?
Matthew K. Lyons: Because different branches of the far right represent different types of threats. They have different social bases, target different scapegoats, pursue different strategies, and have different strengths and weaknesses. Understanding these differences helps us fight them more effectively.
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