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

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Vintage Books, Sep 4, 2012 - Political Science - 378 pages
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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012

From the author of -Isms and -Ologies and Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies, here is a deeply researched, fascinating history of the role that organized hatred has played in American politics. The New Hate takes readers on a surprising, often shocking, sometimes bizarrely amusing tour through the swamps of nativism, racism, and paranoia that have long thrived on the American fringe. Arthur 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.

Written with verve and wit, this lively history is indispensible reading for anyone who wants to understand the recent re-ascendance of extremism in American politics.

 

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Contents

Birthers Birchers and Death Panels
3
The Paranoid Style of Hatred
15
2 What Is Conspiracy Theory?
52
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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323
Selected Bibliography
349
Index
359
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Arthur Goldwag is the author of Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies, and of -Isms and -Ologies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and family.

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