West Point, New York
It’s that time of year, I guess.
West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S.
(Insert rants about how right wing extremists are dangerous, or in the case of the Washington Times, casting doubt on it)
It says anti-federalists “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.”
Funny, I always thought the Anti-Federalists were George Clinton, Robert Yates, Samuel Bryan and others were people whose skepticism of the 1787 Constitution as initially proposed led to the a compromise which meant both the ultimate adoption of said constitution and very soon after a Bill of Rights. And here’s why I think the Anti-Federalists won that debate in the long run.
The report also draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and the violent “far right,” and describes liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as living in the past.
“While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo.” the report says. “The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”
The report adds: “While far-right groups’ ideology is designed to exclude minorities and foreigners, the liberal-democratic system is designed to emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.”
Details about what makes an attack a “far right” action are not clear in the report, which was written by Arie Perliger, who directs the center’s terrorism studies and teaches social sciences at West Point.
Arie Perliger is the Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, US Military Academy at West Point. After completing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Haifa Israel (2007), where he was also a fellow at the National Security Studies Center (NSSC), Dr. Perliger became affiliated with the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellow (2007-2008). On August 2008 Dr. Perliger joined the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a Schusterman Visiting Assistant Professor until the summer of 2010.
In the past decade Dr. Perliger has studied extensively issues related to Terrorism and Political Violence, Politics of Security, Politics of the Far Right in Israel, Europe and the US, Middle Eastern Politics and the applicability of Social Network Analysis to the study of social phenomena. His studies appeared in four books and more than 20 articles and book chapters by publishers such as Columbia University Press, Rutledge, Security Studies, Social Forces and others.
Dr. Perliger is the co-editor of the journal Democracy and Security and a regular reviewer for various publishers and Journals such as Political Psychology, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Columbia University Press, Chicago University Press, Routledge and Polity Press.
A lot of other things I can glean about Dr. Perliger on the internet suggests that he’s opposed to “right wing religious extremism” in Israel.
He has two Israeli universities on his CV, so I highly doubt he is a full-fledged anti-Zionist, i.e. he does want the country of Israel to exist. I think what he really is, at least by the standards of Israeli politics, is a very hard left Zionist, who honestly thinks that the country’s domestic “far right,” and by deduction, rightist Knesset parties’ “pandering” to it, is the big hangup to a “peace deal” with the Pallies slash utopia. Therefore, when he was imported here, he just bought his same worldview and planted it and himself in the American body politic in about the same hard left place. I don’t take him as the same kind of hypocrite as American neo-cons who are “tribalism for Israel but not for anyone else” or “ethnostate for Israel but not for anyone else” types (read: Bill Kristol). That’s because the Israeli version of Perliger and the American version of Perliger are spouting the same nonsense aimed at the same kind of people for just about the same reason.
I also take his being on staff so prominently at West Point as being a subtle message from Barack Obama to Benjamin Netanyahu. That subtle message is this: “Get out of the way, Bibi, so we can get a peace deal so I can get my first earned Nobel Peace Prize.”