A glimpse of right-wing extremism


Former Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson doesn’t like the Utah Compact. She calls it “amnesty.”

You might recall that I wrote, and Sutherland recently published, an updated essay with an immigration twist, titled “The Poison of Extremism.” In it I wrote,

It would be hard to categorize right-wing extremism as completely unintelligent. Any public servants on the receiving end of an extremist’s tireless pen would find themselves deluged in paper, argument after argument, reference after reference, citing minutiae and detail that would make an accountant squirm. But, at some point, fact begins to turn into fiction. Inevitably, it seems, every­thing is motivated by evil and conspiring minds. Perhaps because of its angry mind or because of its self-righteousness, right-wing extremism has a per­sistent habit of turning the corner from objective fact to malicious fantasy. … The sad effect of this “crying wolf” is that real evils and real conspiracies often get overlooked because the stri­dency and zealousness of extremism burdens society’s collective ability to discern wisely and rationally.

In support of this accusation, I give you Exhibit A: