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Report: Hate Groups Declined In 2013

Jason E. Swanson, far right, participated in the 1998 Aryan Nations parade in downtown Coeur d'Alene. He now works at Bullet Proof Tattoo in Spokane, with Nathan Pett, who heads The White Order of Thule. Also pictured are: far left, Harold "Ray" Redfeairn, and Aryan leader Richard G. Butler. (SR file photo: Bart Rayniak)

After four years of spectacular growth driven by the 2008 election of President Obama and the nearly simultaneous collapse of the economy, the radical right in America saw its first significant decrease in 2013. The shrinking numbers of hate groups and, especially, antigovernment “Patriot” groups appear to be the result of a host of factors, ranging from the co-opting of their issues by mainstream politicians, to an improving economy, to law enforcement crackdowns/Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that the radical right and hate groups had a rough 2013?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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