Civil Discourse Series: Daryl Johnson
Daryl Johnson is the author of Hate Land: A Long, Hard Look at America’s Extremist Heart and one of the foremost experts on domestic extremist groups in the United States.
Beginning his career as a civilian in the US Army, Johnson has held a number of government positions, most recently as a senior analyst at the Department of Homeland Security. He works at a private consulting firm for law enforcement, DT Analytics, which he founded.
He is also regularly cited, featured, or quoted in media covering domestic extremist groups in the United States, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, NPR, MSNBC, CNN, and NBC Nightly News, among many others. He is the author of Right-Wing Resurgence: How a Domestic Terrorism Threat Is Being Ignored. In 2012, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on hate crimes and the threat of domestic extremism. Born in Warrenton, Virginia, he lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
The title of his lecture is Domestic Terrorism: Extremist Subcultures in America.
In his new book, Hateland, a former Department of Homeland Security analyst takes a long view on the domestic terrorism threat from radicalized individuals and hate groups of various ideologies.America is a land in which extremism no longer belongs to the country's shadowy fringes, but comfortably exists in the national mainstream.
That is the alarming conclusion by intelligence analyst Daryl Johnson, an expert on domestic extremism with more than twenty-five years of experience tracking radicalized groups for the US government. In this book, Mr. Johnson dissects the rapidly expanding forms of American hatred and radicalization, including white nationalists, antigovernment militias, antifascists (Antifa), militant black nationalists, and extremist Islamic groups.
The author develops a concise model that explains how extremists on both the far right and the far left use the same techniques to recruit and to radicalize individuals, turning them into violent offenders. He also examines the political forces that fuel this threat and have kept the US government from properly identifying and developing countermeasures to deal with it, including a disproportional emphasis on Islamic terrorism.Mr. Johnson concludes by recounting individual stories of deradicalization, each of which was the result of personal reevaluations of formerly held extremist convictions. He recommends more resources at the state and federal levels for combatting radical movements and urges greater communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies. This in-depth analysis of a growing menace that has taken America hostage throws a stark light on the darkest segments of American society and provides practical means for dealing with their violent threats.
Copies of Mr. Johnson's book will be available for purchase and he will be pleased to sign copies.
Part of the Eisenhower Institute's Civil Discourse Series promoting a more productive form of discourse that reflects the liberal arts ethos of seeking knowledge through critical thinking and thoughtful deliberation.
Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm