Khalifa Ihler Institute Research Fellow Samantha Kutner was recently featured in the exposé on the Proud Boys produced by Business Insider. Here she explores the group she has been researching since its inception in more detail. The Institute remains dedicated to the protection of pluralistic and peaceful communities across the world.
As a subject matter expert on the Proud Boys, I remain a trusted source of intelligence and insight on emerging far-right threats. In the course of my ethnographic research, I assessed a discrepancy between Proud Boys framing and the reality of the incidents they organized, coattended…
The State of our Country 2020
I have been thinking quite a bit lately about the overall state of our country. What I come away with is very disturbing and unsatisfactory, to say the least. We have a tremendous amount of Americans, both young and old, that have to work one, two, sometimes even 3 low paying jobs just to be able to exist, that is to put food on their table and for lodging.
Many are young people who have college degrees, who, no matter what jobs they may have been saddled with loan payments that are…
Response From The Proud Boys Whisperer
My name is Samantha Kutner.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I work as an independent consultant as a trusted source of information, insight, and intel on emerging far-right threats.
More colloquially, I am referred to as the Proud Boys Whisperer, for the outreach I do with those who have taken the redpill without considering its implications.
A lot to cover so let’s get to it!
This is an article where a black professor insists that the Proud Boys are not white supremacists.
I was emailed…
Thank you patrons for helping me contribute educated and well-researched information to the following news outlets this week!
New York Times
“Far-Right Group That Trades in Political Violence Gets a Boost” By Neil MacFarquhar, Alan Feuer, Mike Baker and Sheera Frenkel https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/30/us/proud-boys-trump.html
Skeptics in the Pub
Understanding the Allure of Conspiratorial Thinking Among Proud Boys Michael Marshall https://www.twitch.tv/sitp
The Star “New: Will Donald Trump’s shout-out to the Proud Boys during last night’s debate be a ‘call to action’ for members in Canada?” Alex Boutilier, Ottawa Bureau, Douglas Quan, Vancouver Bureau
Instagram Live With Jenna Arnold, @itsjenna, the…
In 2020, I left the nonprofit sector, I started my own independent consulting business. I’m happy to announce that my first research contracts have been able to support my community-building efforts with my group, Glitterpill, while my patrons’ contributions have supported OSINT Tracking and public scholarship. It is how I have been able to remain a public academic and talk about the issues that matter without limiting the range of topics I can discuss. I don’t shy away from the mistakes I’ve made, and I see them all as an opportunity to learn.
As I grow my consulting business and…
Multi-Level Marketing: How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
Sam, The Proud Boys Whisperer
In 2020, after leaving the nonprofit sector, I started my own independent consulting business. I’m happy to announce that my first research contracts have been able to support my community-building efforts with my group, Glitterpill, while my patrons’ contributions have supported OSINT Tracking and public scholarship. It is how I have been able to remain a public academic and talk about the issues that matter without limiting the range of topics I can discuss. …
Monday, June 8th, 2020
On Sunday, my twin reached out to me about an opinion piece she pitched to JTA. I woke up to a text that read,
“How’s it coming? She wants it today. I know you have a lot on your plate, but it’s money.”
For a recovering perfectionist, this was perfect. I just hunkered down, I gathered my sources and then we got it done. I remember the feeling of pride and accomplishment before sitting with my roommate and watching The Wire, with the pup on my lap. I earned it.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
Samantha Kutner, Independent Research Consultant, Occasional Proud Boys Whisperer
I’ve experienced more emotions in the span of a few weeks than I’ve allowed myself during all of grad school.
There was never any time.
I’ve been reflecting on ways our country can unify in this time of unpreceded division, bleach cures, and Tiger King.
I’ve recently achieved an enormous milestone in my research and it’s prompting me to reconfigure where I am at with myself and my work.
After three years of applied research, I’m stepping into this new space as an independent research consultant.
#ProudBoys Whisperer 2019 Recap: A Year in Tweets
In January, I took the leap and started a @patreon account because I knew I had something worth sharing with the public and I knew it needed support.
At the time, I was in my last semester of a grad school and working two graduate assistant jobs. I am grateful to all who have helped me bring my incident tracking project to life and continued to support me and my organization this year.
In January, I also provided clarifications on #ProudBoys…
Reason 1: Both the Secret and Jordan Peterson’s advice are removed from genuinely helpful, empirically validated findings and over reliant on something called social proof.
In Peterson’s case, he describes the benefits of psychologist Pennebaker…for a nominal fee. Maybe he is privy to information you do not know. Maybe your friends have registered for his writing program, but maybe you can read articles on Pennebaker and discuss them yourself. But if everyone…