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The Uncivil War

Radical Right's Assault on American Democracy

A leading expert on the far-right tells the strange and terrible tale of the far right’s long war on American democracy.

The shocking January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was at once an end—the culmination of a long-building strain of violent American extremism—and a beginning: a declaration of war on democracy by a fundamentally antidemocratic far-right movement that, ironically, calls itself the “Patriot” movement.

In The Uncivil War David Neiwert explains and explores the nature of the insurgent radical right and its relentless violence: how it was built over decades, how it was set aflame by Donald Trump and his cohorts, and how it will continue to attack American democracy for the foreseeable future.

The Uncivil War lays out how these groups organize their terroristic violence and attacks on democratic institutions at every level—including local, state, and federal targets — and what their strategies and plans look like for the foreseeable future. It also details how communities have been negatively affected by these groups, and how some have responded effectively to the challenges they present.

David Neiwert is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of several books, including Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories that are Killing Us (Prometheus 2020), Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump (Verso 2017), Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us (Overlook 2016), and And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border (Nation Books 2013).