The Politics of Denial

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MIT Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 302 pages
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"Milburn and Conrad have written a very interesting book about the force of denial in our lives and our politics. They range over their field of study, from war to child rearing, offering new and often compelling insights into the role of denial in the way we see and understand ourselves."
-- Marvin Kalb Anger and resentment appear to be playing an increasingly important role in politics, as evidenced by the vociferous opposition to welfare, abortion, and immigrants, and by the rise of the radical Religious Right. "The Politics of Denial" presents a compelling explanation of these phenomena, providing solid empirical evidence for the role of rigid, harsh childrearing practices in the creation of punitive, authoritarian adult political attitudes. The authors show how political processes in the United States are distorted by the unresolved negative emotions (such as fear, anger, and helplessness) that remain from punitive parenting, and by the politicians and conservative religious leaders who exploit those emotions. Among the many public figures discussed are Patrick Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Ronald Reagan, and Billy Graham.
  

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Contents

Hear No Evil See No Evil
13
No really Im fine
31
The Politics of Denial
53
Honor Thy Father and Mother
73
The Punitive Society
107
The Seduction of the Electorate
121
Denial Slavery and Racism in America
145
Governmental Violence and Denial
167
Denial and Environmental Destruction
201
Conclusion
223
Appendix
239
References
253
Index
281
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