Luke Barnes // Exclusive: Leaks show how Boston ‘free speech’ group acts as a front for far-right organizing – ThinkProgress

Exclusive: Leaks show how Boston ‘free speech’ group acts as a front for far-right organizing – ThinkProgress – “The primary difference between those who consider themselves alt-right [far-right] and alt-lite is the alt-right’s willingness to use full-fledged racial and anti-Semitic terms,” Keegan Hankes, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), told ThinkProgress. “The far-right believe that the alt-lite has undoubtedly been more successful” in marketing itself and attracting new followers.

One such alt-lite group is the Boston, Massachusetts-based chapter of “Resist Marxism” (RM). In the public eye, the group markets itself as a combination of conservative and libertarian, with a mission to “defend the Constitution against violent extremists and the left.” Its members attend free speech rallies, and the group recently hosted its own “Defend the Second Amendment” demonstration.

But internal group communications and social media information obtained by ThinkProgress show that behind this facade, Resist Marxism’s Boston chapter is steeped in same sort of racist, anti-Semitic rhetoric as groups on the far-right fringes. And that rhetoric, in turn, can easily drive new members and recruits from the libertarianism and conservatism RM professes to stand for to a more far-right ideology.

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