After the shooting at an El Paso, Texas Walmart, I connected with Alexandra Minna Stern, a professor at the University of Michigan. During our phone call, Stern, the author of a new book on the alt-right, mentioned something that surprised me: The El Paso shooter talked about “The Lorax” in his manifesto. Intrigued, I asked her to write an article describing her research on the trend.

As Stern writes today, white nationalists in the U.S. and Europe have been appropriating the language of environmentalism, fueling “fantasies of pristine lands free of nonwhites and free of pollution.”

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