| The Montana Human Rights Network is bringing Chip Berlet, a nationally-recognized expert on right-wing social and political movements, to Helena for a presentation on Friday, November 13 (TONIGHT). The event will begin at 7pm at Helena's Plmouth Congregational Church (400 South Oakes). It's free and open to the public.
Senior analyst at the Massachusetts-based Political Research Associates, Berlet will give a presentation titled "Obama, Right-Wing Populism, and White Rage: How Race, Class and Gender Anxiety Fuel Demonization and Scapegoating." Berlet said his presentation will examine how "racial fears, economic anxieties, and gender panics" are triggers of a right-wing backlash that targets the Obama Administration. The Right, he continued, is mobilizing resentment among a large number of middle-class and working-class whites who are convinced to support efforts that go against their own economic self interest and defend existing power structures.
Mr. Berlet is co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. He's written for the Boston Globe, New York Times, The Progressive and Amnesty Now, and blogs on the Huffington Post, and Religion Dispatches.