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The New Hate

a history of fear and loathing on the populist right

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‘The most salient feature of what I have come to call the New Hate 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 websites, electronic social networks, and 24-hour cable news today — is how much alike they all turn out to be.’

From ‘Birthers’ who claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States to counter-Jihadists who believe that the American constitution is in imminent danger of being replaced with sharia law, conspiratorial beliefs have become an increasingly common feature of US public discourse. In this deeply researched, fascinating history of the ideas and rhetoric that have animated extreme, mostly right-wing movements from colonial times to the present day, Arthur Goldwag reveals a disturbing pattern that runs through the American grain.

The New Hate reveals the parallels between the hysteria about the Illuminati that wracked the new Republic in the 1790s and the McCarthyism that roiled the 1950s — and between the anti–New Deal forces of the 1930s and the Tea Party today. He traces Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism and the John Birch Society’s ‘Insiders’ back to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and he relates white-supremacist nightmares about racial pollution to 19th-century fears of Papal plots. Goldwag 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.

From Publishers Weekly

19 December 2011 – Goldwag (Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies) delivers an informative and lively history of organized hate groups and their role in U.S. politics. Less about prejudice than America’s “relentless quest for scapegoats,” he traces the American conspiratorial tradition from colonial times—where the Puritans feared Jesuit conspiracies as much as Indian ambushes—to the present, covering the movements and vitriolic commentary against the Masons, Catholics, Jews, Communists, and Muslims. A witty narrator, Goldwag combines his research with contemporary analysis to explain what conspiracy theories all have in common and to show how the new hate is the same as the old, though it’s now “hiding in plain sight.” The only thing different, which the election of the country’s first black president brought into sharper relief, is how much more mainstream hate has become thanks to the Internet and 24-hour cable news shows, with the populist Right’s obsessions becoming talking points for supposedly mainstream politicians to gain advantage with voters. The book is exhaustively well researched and passionately written, though Goldwag sometimes veers off to cover very obscure figures. Yet whether he’s analyzing the origins of Glenn Beck’s ideology or demystifying the Illuminati, Goldwag excels at showing how the obsessions of the past connect with those of the present.
The New Hate
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  • $21.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Politics & Current Affairs
  • Published: 22 February 2012
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications
  • Seller: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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