Shane Burley

Shane Burley is an author and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon.  He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It (AK Press, 2017).  His work has been featured in places like Jacobin, In These Times, Waging Nonviolence, Upping the Ante, ThinkProgress, Gods & Radicals, and Make/Shift.  You can find his work at, and on Twitter at @shane_burley1.

    Alt-Right 2.0

    by Shane Burley

    Even though the banquet hall was equipped with an open bar, a few attendees kept streaming down into the hotel lounge, buzzed on cheap-wells and jokes stolen from the forgotten back-alleys of 4Chan.  After several conference attendants had gone up to the bartender asking if they have ‘Seen Kyle,’ stretching their arm out in a Roman Salute, the one-upmanship that has characterised the Alt-Right kicked in.  A conference goer using the handle ‘Imperial Eagle’ decided to enter the bar in his homemade Nazi uniform, complete with antique WWII-era combat medals.  If that did not get the police involved, it would have been the two solid days of drunken Seig Heils and blaring N-words, so loud they reverberated like a gunshot.