Friday, May 31, 2013
The New Hate: Fear and Loathing on the Right
Pat Macpherson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Arthur Goldwag; SUPPORT KPFK FM
From the author of -Isms and -Ologies and Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies comes a deeply researched and fascinating new book on hate in America.
It covers the history of the role 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. They have long thrived on the fringes of the American scene, particularly on the populist right.
Arthur Goldwag shows parallels between hysteria over "the Illuminati" that wracked the new American republic during the 1790s and the McCarthyism that roiled the America of the 1950s.
Goldwag discusses the similarities between the anti-New Deal forces of the 1930s and today's Tea Party movement. He traces Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism and the John Birch Society’s “Insiders” back to the notorious and fictitious Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and he relates white supremacist nightmares about racial pollution to 19th-century fears of papal plots.