What I was thinking about when I made the original post was the "political inoculation theory." The idea is similar to biological inoculation where you deliberately expose someone to a small amount of the disease in order to make the person immune. By the same token, the idea is that it's important to expose people to hateful and messed up ideas so that they know they're there and know of the danger and get the nut case ideas rebutted. When the country goes through some kind of turmoil that makes people afraid, that's fertile ground for extremism to take root. However, if the public is already inoculated to the hate, it doesn't take root like it would have otherwise. That's the theory anyway. I was wondering if the hate web sites serve to inoculate the public in that way. If that were so, then ironically, they would work against the groups that publish them.