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This review is from: The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right (Paperback)
Neiwert explains that by co-opting conspiratorial rhetoric from the farthest shores of the right, mainstream conservative talkers can inflame the passions of paranoiacs to a dangerous degree. "It's always been a problem when major league demagogues start promulgating false information for political gain," Neiwert notes. "What it does is unhinge fringe players from reality and dislodges them even further. When paranoiacs hear Glenn Beck touting One World Government and they're gonna take your gun theories, they believe then that it must be true. And that's when they really become crazy."
This is a great read for those concerned with the dangers of the radical right wing fringe.
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Initial post: May 22, 2009 2:44:47 PM PDT
S. P. Hoyt says:
In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2009 9:47:52 PM PDT
This commenter is a prime example of what Neiwert deplores: a right-wing bigot who sees only what he wants to see, with a liberal dash of poor education and bad grammar.
Very, very sad.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2009 1:12:53 PM PDT
O Otvos says:
I deduce from Neiwert's argument that our (the left's) inability to conceptual the claw-red nature of human governance will paralyze us as the Action Crowd take over. Sometimes I think the real difference between liberals and conservatives is sheer energy and will power. It seems as if having a real viewpoint is just to much to concentrate on. Perhaps empathy and cooperation in all things will get trimmed by evolution in this next big upheaval, because we ARE having an upheaval. I've seen a lot, and these are the most uncivil and out-of-control people I've seen outside a country and western fight bar. These people WANT TO RUMBLE!! And they KNOW we won't suppress their "right to express themselves."
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2009 10:13:36 AM PDT
Good post Otvos ... and time is not the friend of he left, by the time any given segment of people gets marginalized by the hoodlums there is a lack of empathy and courage by everyone else. Sound familiar in recent history .. say the 1930's.
Posted on Oct 31, 2009 1:53:13 PM PDT
M. Klein says:
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2009 7:58:13 PM PST
Gryphon X says:
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2010 1:47:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2010 1:49:16 PM PST
Reply to S.P. Hoyt's comments above: The problem with hate talk is that it's empty, angry, hysterical, conclusive and shallow. Your attitude reflects this.
In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 10:12:38 PM PDT
"The hyperbolic rhetoric the left is using is reminiscent of the rhetoric that was used in Germany before WW II"
No it isn't. This simply isn't true. It's, uh, "hyperbolic rhetoric." The left isn't counseling dislocation and death of Jews and Gypsies and other ethic groups; isn't selling superman theories; and in short isn't doing anything at all that Hitler and his gang were doing. And for that matter, the American left isn't using rhetoric designed to marginalize and castigate [!] a whole group of people." A textbook example of "pour[ing] gasoline on the fire."
Posted on Jan 5, 2012 9:57:10 PM PST
The right and left are both extreme in their views....it's just that one side has to kick and scream because the media is so biased to the other. Anything we do that gets attention, movement, or followers must be seen as terroristic....come on.....this book is a mockery. It's talking about dangerous movement theories when the book itself if trying to create just that. Rubbish!
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