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Ron DeSantis Ally Chris Rufo has Close Ties with ‘Dissident Right’ Magazine

Relationship with IM-1776, which praises dictators and attacks liberal democracy, is collaborative and supportive. (Click image for article.)

Newly appointed trustee Christopher Rufo talks to faculty and staff on the campus of New College of Florida in Sarasota, in January 2023. Photograph: Thomas Simonetti/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Chris Rufo, a rightwing culture-war celebrity and close Ron DeSantis ally, has maintained a close relationship with IM-1776, a “dissident right” magazine that regularly showers praise on dictators and authoritarians, puffs racist ideologues, and attacks liberal democracy.

The outlet’s editors and writers – many of them so-called “anons” working under pseudonyms – have variously advocated for the repeal of the Civil Rights Act; celebrated figures such as the “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and the proto-fascist Italian nationalist Gabriele D’Annunzio; and advanced conspiracy theories about the Covid pandemic, and what they term the “regime”, a leftist power structure that they imagine unites the state, large corporations, universities and the media.

Rufo and IM-1776

The Guardian has previously reported on Rufo’s links with an outlet that experts described as pushing scientific racism; with a Danish data scientist who had previously co-authored scientific-racist papers; and on co-hosting an audio stream on X in which one participant advocated cooperating with a hypothetical white nationalist leader.

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