How American Law and the Internet Shaped Domestic Right Wing Extremism

Brian Levin, California State Univ. - San Bernardino

ABSTRACT
Over the past two decades certain white supremacists and right-wing extremists have been particularly effective at incorporating new technology into their tactical regimen. The Internet, in particular, has played an important role for extremists eager to adapt to changing ideologies, membership, economics, and legal realities. This paper will analyze how the Internet emerged as a tool of choice for far right extremists at a time when they were faced with declining membership and recruitment opportunities, civil lawsuits, hate speech laws (outside the United States), increasing operational costs, and difficulties in promoting their rhetoric and strategies to potential allies through other media.

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