Who Is the New Right Anyway?
Good morning from the Hive newsroom! On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, Joe Hagan sits down with James Pogue and Jeff Sharlet, who muse on the underpinnings of the “dissident right,” an intellectual fringe of tech bros, preppers, crypto investors, and back-to-landers who have joined forces against a common enemy: the “globalists.”
Meanwhile, Katherine Eban observes that the lab-leak theory is far from dead amid new reports this week that the Department of Energy and FBI have changed their positions on the origins of COVID-19. “The fact that it’s plausible that a lab accident could have caused a global pandemic is a wake-up call for all of us,” as one biosecurity expert tells Eban. “If we don’t take bold action now…we could face catastrophic consequences in the future, which could be as bad as COVID or worse.”
Elsewhere, Douglas Brinkley regales us with a remembrance on how President Jimmy Carter helped turn Georgia into the “Hollywood of the South.” Joe Pompeo talks shop with Jane Pratt, the founder of Sassy magazine and xoJane, who has her sights set on a new media venture. Plus, Eric Lutz delivers a postmortem on Chicago’s mayoral election, which saw one-term mayor Lori Lightfoot get the boot in a race that may be a national barometer on crime. Thanks for reading.