During this time of controversy on campuses over the place of free speech within current political struggles, the role of the Federalist Society provides an example of how the conservative movement successfully legitimizes itself and spreads its message.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Calexico, California, March 21, 2005. From "Neighborhood Watch" programs to crime hotlines, the US justifies profiling by creating an army of snitches. (Photo: Ann Johansson / The New York Times)
The Trump administration's immigrant-baiting crime hotline draws on a longstanding US tradition of making civilians responsible for surveilling each other. By creating an army of snitches, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies can justify racial profiling by declaring that they are merely following up on intelligence provided by "our fellow citizens."
The anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) publicly boasts a nearly $50 million annual budget and a network of over 3,100 "allied attorneys" who provide hundreds of pro-bono hours of anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice legal services. Former ADF alumni occupy over 50 influential government posts.
Those who work to decolonize Palestine while in the US or Canada should be aware that they themselves operate on colonized ground, says author and academic Steven Salaita. Both US and Israel see themselves as agents of predestination and are particular about who can properly inhabit their settler nations, which have no room for Native subjects, except perhaps as a source of cheap labor.