- Hardcover: 436 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765803410
- ISBN-13: 978-0765803412
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Defining Danger: American Assassins and the New Domestic Terrorists 1st Edition
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About the Author
James W. Clarke is University Distinguished Professor and professor of political science at the University of Arizona. He is the author of The Lineaments of Wrath: Race, Violent Crime, and American Culture (Transaction, 2001) and American Assassins: The Darker Side of Politics.
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Jared Loughner didn't fixate on a political figure the way Clarke believes. He fixated on the Dream world thesis of David Icke who believes that a "reptilian bloodline" rules the world. When Russell E. Weston went after Tom Delay, in 1998, he fixated on a "army of cannibals", no one ascribed political motives to his actions. Like Chapman, Hinckley, Bardo and Weston, Loughner fixated on politicians or well known entertainers not because of politics, but because these individuals all suffering from very low self esteem craved fame, attention and notoriety and when they went after these kinds of folks they got tons of it, from the media. Loughner at first fixated on his college by calling it a "genocide school", "torturing its students". The trigger for his horrendous acts wasn't his expulsion by the school it was the massive media attention Chapman got on the 30th anniversary of the Lennon murder, just 30 days prior.
I taught college classes in a prison extension program in Michigan. In my classes I had Toni Cato Riggs of Desert Storm fame who had her husband murdered and two girls nicknamed Maytag and Microwave, because sadly this was how they murdered their babies. I also had a girl named Star Trek because when someone in her family changed the TV channel (she was obsessively watching it) she murdered her entire family. It would be absurd to ban Star Trek and Maytags or Microwaves because of their actions. Just like it would be absurb to ban Catcher in the Rye read obsessively by Hinckley, Chapman and Bardo. Or even blame Jodie Foster and Taxi Driver for the Reagan shootings. Or even ban dogs because after all one talked David Berkowitz into being the Son of Sam killer.
Since the author cannot differentiate from true political motives crimes and plain and simple paranoid schizophrenia crimes or even the intersection of the two. The validity and accuracy of his entire book must be questioned.