@sethsanders I like the idea of right wing rabble rousing as a category of analysis. But things haven't been framed that way (and I mean that seriously). The idea of the reconstruction-era Klan and those who got up lynch mobs as being part of the same tradition as less deadly 20th c right wing bullies who merely awoke in people the visceral fear that they might one day do Klan-like things is good to think with. A history of physical attack and the threat of physical attack on members of dominant groups who won't oppress. So far, I've really been restricting myself to the 19th c Klan. They certainly focused their attacks not only on freedpeople but on whites who refused to exploit them. Lots of arrested Klansmen (usually unconvincingly) testified that they had joined the Klan only because it was either that or be attacked themselves). The abolitionists. Mennonites and Quakers or really any pacifists in wartime, Serpico!, Liberation theologians. Anti-war hippies certainly all got attacked for refusing to aggress against less powerful others. This (and rabble rousing) is worth thinking more about.