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Far Right and National Security

White supremacists’ armed protests against the removal of a Virginia memorial to the Confederacy left one dead and more than thirty injured after a driver plowed into counterdemonstrators. With more demonstrations planned, greater attention should be paid to the threat from far-right radicals, says Cas Mudde, a political scientist at the University of Georgia who focuses on extremism and democracy. “Within the U.S. the threat from the far right is bigger than that from jihadists,” Mudde says. But despite this, he says, the U.S. government has long devoted insufficient resources to domestic far-right movements, and many of these groups now feel emboldened by Donald J. Trump’s presidency. How do you characterize the demonstrators in Charlottesville? The vast majority were either white supremacists or white nationalists, but they were relatively diverse in terms of views both on the political system and on race, from people who by and large want to dominate if not exterminate non-whites to people who want to hold onto white privilege. Neo-Nazis don’t believe in democracy. The so-called alt-right has elitist views …