Chip Berlet, senior analyst at Political Research Associates, coauthored Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. He is quoted widely, criticizing the 2009 anti-Obama tea and town hall populist protests as ultraconservative conspiracy mongering and appearing on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, and 30 other radio programs. He fears a 2012 Sarah Palin-Lou Dobbs Republican presidential ticket.
Berlet has received awards for his work on behalf of human rights and against racism and bigotry. A progressive Christian, Berlet contributed to the recent book Dispatches from the Religious Left. He is currently researching anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the United States. Although he is an Eagle Scout and angler, Berlet’s critics call him a Stalinist, a CIA agent, a “sewer creature,” and a “slimy character assassin.” Berlet claims the first two are defamatory, but the last two are protected by the First Amendment. He is a vice-president of the Defending Dissent Foundation and an ACLU member.
Berlet participated in the 1960s civil rights movement and was arrested in a nonviolent protest against the war in Vietnam. He served on the board of the Underground Press Syndicate and was Washington Correspondent for High Times magazine. Today, Berlet writes scholarly articles on right-wing social movements including coauthoring the Encyclopedia Judaica’s Neo-Nazism entry. Berlet's byline appears in scores of publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, and Amnesty Now. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, The Today Show, NPR's All Things Considered, and many other radio and television programs.