In a recent podcast, Germany, Islam & The New Right, BBC Radio 4 explores the remarkable rise of Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) in Dresden, Germany (see here and here). A local political scientist interviewed in the podcast explains that Americans should think of Pegida as the Tea Party, Brits as the BNP, and the French as the National Front.
What interests me is the extent to which the podcast illustrates a number of concepts and processes I teach my students. Pegida’s Monday protests echo those begun in Leipzig in 1989, which spread to many East German cities, including Dresden. Thus, Tilly’s “repertoires” are nicely illustrated. Informational theories of mobilization are also illustrated: the public display of opinions that are considered verboeten by political rulers makes others who hold such views more willing to air them in public, which creates a bandwagon among those who hold such views, but have different thresholds for taking the risk of being singled out and shamed or otherwise punished. Finally, Loewen’s argument about mono-cultures (highly homogenous ethnic communities) being most likely to vilify “the other” is borne out during the podcast.
Finally, if you enjoy irony, that is yet another reason to check out the podcast.
Cross posted at Mobilizing Ideas.
 From Mobilization to Revolution, 1978.
 For examples, see Suzanne Lohmann “The Dynamics of Informational Cascades: The Monday Demonstrations in Leipzig, East Germany, 1989–91,” 1994 (ungated PDF here) and Timur Kuran “Sparks and prairie fires: A theory of unanticipated political revolution,” 1989 (ungated PDF here).
 Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, 2006. This is a variant of the contact hypothesis. See, also, Keith E. Schnakenberg “Group Identity and Symbolic Political Behavior,” Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2014. Ungated at SSRN.
 The reporter, who clearly finds Pegida’s view unpalatable, is blissfully unaware of the information theories in .