The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

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Pantheon Books, 2012 - History - 368 pages
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From “Birthers” who claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States to counter-jihadists who believe that the Constitution is in imminent danger of being replaced with Sharia law, conspiratorial beliefs have become an increasingly common feature of our public discourse. In this deeply researched, fascinating exploration of the ideas and rhetoric that have animated extreme, mostly right-wing movements throughout American history, Arthur Goldwag reveals the disturbing pattern of fear-mongering and demagoguery that runs through the American grain.

The New Hate takes readers on a surprising, often shocking, sometimes bizarrely amusing tour through the swamps of nativism, racism, and paranoid speculations about money that have long thrived on the American fringe. Goldwag shows us the parallels between the hysteria about the Illuminati that wracked the new American Republic in the 1790s and the McCarthyism that roiled the 1950s, and he discusses the similarities between the anti–New Deal forces of the 1930s and the Tea Party movement today. He traces Henry Ford's anti-Semitism and the John Birch Society's “Insiders” back to the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and he relates white supremacist nightmares about racial pollution to nineteenth-century fears of papal plots.

“The most salient feature of what I have come to call the New Hate,” Goldwag writes, “is its sameness across time and space. The most depressing thing about the demagogues who tirelessly exploit it—in pamphlets and books and partisan newspapers two centuries ago, on Web sites, electronic social networks, and twenty-four-hour cable news today—is how much alike they all turn out to be.”

  

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Review: The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

User Review  - Robert Dormer - Goodreads

What on earth was this book about? I thought it would be an analysis of right wing lunacy and hatred. Instead it's a....history book? Scholarly monograph? Collection of quotations? I'm not sure. This ... Read full review

Review: The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

User Review  - Peter Owens - Goodreads

A chronicle of the roots of far right conspiracy theories and social movements. Less relevant than you might think. Read full review

Contents

The Paranoid Style of Htred
15
E What ls Conspiracy Theory?
52
I3 Henry Ford and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
84
The Apron the Trowel and the Knife in the Back
146
The Whore of Babylon and Stealth Jihad
198
Pseudoconservative Flevolts
247
Exceptional Hatreds Separate but Equal
287
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313
Selected Bibliography
339
Index
349
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About the author (2012)

Arthur Goldwag is the author of Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies and 'Isms & 'Ologies. A freelance writer and editor for more than thirty years, he has worked at Book-of-the-Month Club, Random House, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

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