Magazine December 3, 2018, Issue

The White-Supremacy Surge

Members of the Ku Klux Klan face counter-protesters as they rally in Charlottesville, Va. (Reuters: Jonathan Ernst)

If you’re a conservative, the chances are that you don’t like to talk or think about white supremacy very much. After all, if you enter the marketplace of ideas with conservative views about, say, affirmative action, the welfare state, or ballot integrity, the chances are that you’re used to being smeared as a white nationalist or as playing “white-identity politics.” This is especially true if you support Donald Trump.

Moreover, you’re likely also rightly tired of having the mainstream conservative movement tied to the old-school hate groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, or to various other fringe racist extremists. When

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