Saturday, February 04, 2012

All this new venomous bile from the Right? Old hat.

What a relief to be reminded that the animosity in current politics is standard/normal.

Inside the new hate -

But Arthur Goldwag, author of the new book “The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right,” argues that the racist and conspiracist approach of today’s far-right pundits is largely the same as it was 50 years ago. Their language and theories are taken (sometimes verbatim) from right-wing populist vitriol at early times in American and European history, dealing in tropes well-worn by pre-WWII American Nazis, Joe McCarthy and fanatical anti-Catholic and anti-Masonic Protestant preachers of the 19th century.

So really, nothing to worry about: just the same kind of values that motivated McCarthy, American Nazis, and fanatical Protestant preachers.


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