Responding to the 1/6 Coup Attempt

The day before the storming of the Capitol, I was interviewed on my friend Luke Baumgarten’s podcast RANGE: EPISODE 23 | Anti-terrorism feat Joan Braune – RANGE (rangemedia.co) The conversation focused somewhat on the limitations of a state counter-terrorism or “Countering Violent Extremism” model of fighting fascism, but because of my concerns about the wordsContinue reading “Responding to the 1/6 Coup Attempt”

Panel: White Supremacy and the Pacific Northwest

On November 5, I presented on a panel, “White Supremacy, the 2020 Election, and the Pacific Northwest: White Power and Hate Studies Analysis,” hosted by the Eastern Washington University Women’s and Gender Education Center. I was joined on the panel by two scholars whom I respect immensely, political scientist Joe Lowndes and investigative journalist JasonContinue reading “Panel: White Supremacy and the Pacific Northwest”

The Far-Right, Election, and Strategic Response …Spooktacular Edition

Here is my third guest appearance on my Milwaukee friends’ radio program, The Grass is Greener, this Halloween weekend. We talked about far-right violence in connection with the election, stochastic terrorism, maintaining hope (“pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will”!), and how the left can build culture, community, and even study groups to helpContinue reading “The Far-Right, Election, and Strategic Response …Spooktacular Edition”

Overcoming Islamophobia and Seeking Understanding

This Tuesday, October 27, 7pm-8:30pm, Bridges Not Walls is hosting a zoom forum on “Overcoming Islamophobia and Seeking Understanding.”  Speakers are: *Duaa-Rahemaah Williams — a Black Afro American revert to Islam who is active in work in Spokane on housing and homelessness, mass incarceration and other systems *Ava Sharifi — a recent graduate in Political ScienceContinue reading “Overcoming Islamophobia and Seeking Understanding”

Speaking on Far-Right Violence Surrounding Presidential Election; Other Updates

I am honored to have accepted an invitation to speak at a post-election panel on November 5 (wonder if we’ll know who the next president is by then!) at Eastern Washington University alongside Joseph Lowndes (co-author of Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity) and Jason Wilson (the Guardian reporter whoseContinue reading “Speaking on Far-Right Violence Surrounding Presidential Election; Other Updates”

Yeah Nah Pasaran! Podcast Episode

This week I went on Australian-based antifascist podcast Yeah Nah Pasaran! It was a lively and wide-ranging discussion, touching on my research on Cultural Marxism as an antisemitic conspiracy theory; the influence of the apocalyptic thinking of Julius Evola on both Steve Bannon and neo-Nazi accelerationist groups; the role of Erich Fromm’s Critical Theory inContinue reading “Yeah Nah Pasaran! Podcast Episode”

Countering Conspiracy Theories and Youth Recruitment; Self-Care

My article on “cultural Marxism” as an antisemitic conspiracy theory about the Frankfurt School was recently published in a special issue of the Journal of Social Justice on antisemitism. The article as well as others are available here through the online, open-access journal. The webinar on countering youth recruitment into hate groups, which was co-sponsoredContinue reading “Countering Conspiracy Theories and Youth Recruitment; Self-Care”

A Few Quick Updates

On Wednesday next week, May 13, I am joining Eric Warwick and Lupe Wolfe on a webinar encouraging people to talk with their kids, and to understand and prevent online recruitment into hate movements during this pandemic. Please consider signing up or inviting interested parents or others who work with youth. (The suggested ticket priceContinue reading “A Few Quick Updates”

Pandemic: Talk to Your Kids

Experts on countering white nationalist recruitment are concerned that the Coronavirus outbreak will likely lead to a spike in recruitment into violent white nationalist and fascist organizations. Given the ways that recruiters play on the vulnerabilities of youth who may be feeling isolated and afraid, who may be looking for answers, and who may beContinue reading “Pandemic: Talk to Your Kids”

Chertok Lecture Report-Back

I had a great time speaking at Eastern Washington University as the annual Chertok Lecture speaker. The student newspaper there carried this article on the event: “Scholar Offers Chilling Assessment of an Ongoing Threat.” We had a packed house and more chairs had to be brought in; audience members, including students, asked a lot ofContinue reading “Chertok Lecture Report-Back”