The U.S. Military Academy at West Point released a paper calling far right groups anti-federalists while describing liberals as “future oriented,” the Washington Times reports.
The writer of the paper considers the far right to be a “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement,” adding that in 2011 there were 350 attacks from far-right groups.
Arie Perliger’s report, “Challengers From the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right,” was released Tuesday by the academy’s Combating Terrorism Center.
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“While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo,” Perliger wrote. “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.”
Perliger went on to write that the far-right works to exclude minorities and foreigners, whereas the liberal goal is to “emphasize civil rights.”
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