It is an appropriate longstanding truism that democracy is impossible without an informed citizenry paying informed attention to political developments. Public knowledge is a matter of life and death, like when people learn on the radio or television that they must evacuate because a major hurricane. The political hurricane of white nationalist authoritarianism – fascism, American-style – is bearing down on the United States today (anyone who thinks it has gone away because Joe Biden is president is living in denial.)
Matthew Heimbach was one of the central instigators of white-nationalist violence at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Now, he’s trying to rebrand as a leftist—and some people are falling for it.