Chip Berlet, senior analyst at Political Research Associates near Boston, has written about civil liberties, social justice, prejudice, neo-Nazis, apocalypticism, systems of oppression, and scapegoating for over 30 years. He coauthored Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort (with Matthew N. Lyons) and edited Eyes Right! Challenging the Right Wing Backlash. Both books received a Gustavus Myers Center Award for outstanding scholarship on the subject of human rights and bigotry in North America.
Berlet participated in the civil rights and antiwar movements in the 1960s and left college to work in the alternative press in 1972, later serving on the board of the Underground Press Syndicate. Today he is part of the Christian Left and writes critically about the Christian Right. A card-carrying member of the ACLU, Berlet is a vice-president of the Defending Dissent Foundation. His critics call him a Stalinist, a CIA agent, a “sewer creature,” and a “slimy character assassin.” Berlet argues that the first two are untrue, but the last two (while insulting) are opinions protected by the First Amendment.
Berlet now writes scholarly articles on right-wing social movements and neofascism. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia Judaica and is on the editorial board of the journal Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions. Berlet's byline has appeared 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 NBC Today Show, NPR's All Things Considered, Democracy Now, and many other radio and television programs.