November 25, 2018

HOPE not hate & CARD: A Year of Fighting Hate

By Simon Murdoch

When it comes to fighting back against the far right, there is strength in numbers. Moreover, with the far-right threat once again becoming increasingly internationalized, there is more value in working together with allies in the fightback from across the globe. When we teamed up with Melissa we knew that we had a strong ally across the Atlantic and we’re proud to work alongside her in this fight. And what a fight it’s been! Through CARD we’ve carried out original investigations into the Alternative Right and the wider far right and through your readership and support in our campaigns, helped stop their plans. We can’t thank you enough for that.

We’ve also created explainers and long-form pieces which are vital for both the day-to-day decoding of the far right and for understanding, in the long-term, how to adapt to their changing tactics and ideas. The Alternative Right have exemplified the need for this multi-pronged approach, something HOPE not hate has focused on in our contributions to CARD: from exposing their activities and tactics, to explaining their often bizarre ideas and placing their threat in context to understand how they might develop.

To celebrate this anniversary of CARD, below are some of the pieces the data tells us you’ve been intrigued by the most. Of course, we also know that some readers may have signed-up more recently and may not have come across our older contributions to CARD, so we’ve included some highlights from early on too. Enjoy!

Huge Bitcoin windfalls for the Alt-Right – Joe Mulhall unearthed how the far right made millions from the Bitcoin cryptocurrency in 2017

Libertarianism and the Alternative Right – Patrik Hermansson analyzed the worrying relationship between the libertarian movement and the Alternative Right.

Inside America’s Biggest Anti-Muslim Organisation – Charlie Prentice got inside this year’s ACT for America Conference in the heart of American power, Washington D.C.

Understanding the International #FreeTommyRobinson Campaign – On the heels of large and violent demonstrations in London for British anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson, Patrik Hermansson dug into the data to explain just how international his support is.

Hating, Dating and Procreating: Online Dating and the Alt-Right – David Lawrence looked at how Lonely racists are turning to dating apps to find love in a movement defined by hate.Japan and the Alternative Right – I looked at the little-noted but striking relationship between the US Alternative Right and a Japanese far-right movement that emerged in the early 2000s.

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