Scholarly Studies

Chip Berlet

Consulting & Training for Nonprofit Groups
Working for Human Rights

Investigative Journalism

  Introduction to Power Structure Research
Under Construction

Building Human Rights

Building Our Planet
Building Democracy
Building Economic Justice
Building Equality
Building Gender Justice
Building Immigrant Rights
Building Liberty
Building Public Education
Building Racial Justice
Building World Peace




Conspiracy Theories on the Societal Leval are a Narrative form of Scapegoating. Because they demonize an "Other" as evil, conspircy theories interfere with the ability for there to be "informed consent" in civil society. That is why conspiracy theories are toxic to democracy.

Toxic to Democracy:



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Right-Wing Populism

Introductory Overviews

Key Organizational Structures in the United States

Key Aspects of Right-Wing Populism


The Tools of Fear




Chart of Sectors of the US Right

Sectors of the US Right Described

Secular Right

Religious Right

"Conservative Right" Above this Line -------------------- "Hard Right" Below This Line

Xenophobic Right

Democracy is a process,
not a specific set of institutions

Democracy is a process that assumes
the majority of people, over time,
given enough accurate information,
the ability to participate
in a free and open public debate,
and can vote without intimidation,
reach constructive decisions
that benefit the whole of society, and
preserve liberty,
protect our freedoms,
extend equality, and
defend democracy.

-Chip Berlet





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