Extremism

Meet the gun-toting ‘Tenacious Unicorns’ in rural Colorado
Meet the gun-toting ‘Tenacious Unicorns’ in rural Colorado
How a transgender-owned alpaca ranch in Colorado foretells the future of the rural queer West.
Pro-Trump riots won’t stop the winds of political change blowing in the West
Pro-Trump riots won’t stop the winds of political change blowing in the West
What the D.C. insurgency meant for our regional conscience.
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
History and the growing power of right-wing extremism point to a volatile future for the West during the Biden presidency.
Bracing for unlawful militias and vigilantes at the ballot box
Bracing for unlawful militias and vigilantes at the ballot box
Emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric, armed groups plan to post up near poll sites.
How anti-Indigeneity proliferates around the West and the world
How anti-Indigeneity proliferates around the West and the world
Across the globe, anti-Indigenous organizations and sympathizers work to undermine the collective rights of Indigenous peoples.
As a plague sweeps the land, zealots see a gift from heaven
As a plague sweeps the land, zealots see a gift from heaven
Extremist pastors are using the COVID-19 pandemic to push their conservative religious ideologies.
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’
New Mexico’s thin blurred line
New Mexico’s thin blurred line
Police in the state have long flirted with radical right-wing vigilantism.
What really is antifa?
What really is antifa?
Effie Baum, an ‘everyday anti-fascist,’ talks about President Trump’s threat to designate the movement as a terrorist organization, and corrects the record.
American violence in the time of coronavirus
American violence in the time of coronavirus
Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz puts armed ‘reopen’ protests in their historical context.
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
How a Revolutionary War-era flag evolved into an anti-government symbol.
The residual power of Ammon Bundy
The residual power of Ammon Bundy
What’s it like when the West’s most notorious anti-government figure comes to your town?
Far-right extremists appropriate Indigenous struggles for violent ends
Far-right extremists appropriate Indigenous struggles for violent ends
From Nazi Germany to Norway and El Paso, white nationalists use Indigenous imagery to justify racist violence.
Militias, MAGA activists and one border town’s complicated resistance
Militias, MAGA activists and one border town’s complicated resistance
How Arivaca, Arizona, became a magnet for anti-immigrant activists – and what locals did next.
Anti-public lands and anti-Native groups converge in Montana
Anti-public lands and anti-Native groups converge in Montana
At a property rights conference, prominent critics of tribal sovereignty and federal land management found common ground.
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
How one man’s imagined discovery of a sex-trafficking camp in the Sonoran Desert gained life online — and in the real world.
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
But in Harney County, Oregon, collaboration around public lands grows.
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
The creation of an anti-public-lands hero.
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
In the era of social media, far-right activists aim to subvert mainstream journalists.
Acquitted, convicted, fined or free: after the Oregon standoff
Acquitted, convicted, fined or free: after the Oregon standoff
Two years after the armed takeover of a wildlife refuge, consequences vary widely.
A separatist state of mind
A separatist state of mind
In the era of Trump, rural discontent settles in the state of Jefferson.
Meet your local anti-government extremist groups
Meet your local anti-government extremist groups
With violent rhetoric surging since Trump’s election, it helps to know your neighbors.
The Malheur Refuge  trials are over, but the movement that led to them isn’t.
The Malheur Refuge trials are over, but the movement that led to them isn’t.
Four defendants receive guilty verdicts, ending a yearlong drama.
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