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Confessions of a Free Speech LawyerCharlottesville and the Politics of Hate$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.001.0001

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Duke and the Disciples

Duke and the Disciples

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Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer

Rodney A. Smolla

Cornell University Press

This chapter draws attention to David Duke as one of the celebrity headliners of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. It details how Duke presaged and inspired the alt-right and describes his influence on the modern history of nationalist and supremacist movements in America. It also notes Duke's influence on alt-right leaders and Donald Trump during the presidential election of the United States. The chapter analyzes how a perennial political election loser can turn losses into ideological and cultural gains. It discusses how all bad news is really good news in the eyes of a guerrilla information warfare insurrectionist in order to understand the influence of David Duke.

Keywords:   David Duke, Unite the Right rally, supremacist movements, political election loser, alt-right leaders

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