Extremism in America by George Michael

By George Michael

“A exceptional survey of some of the strands of family extremism, from a ways left to a long way correct, which are more and more convulsing our kingdom. A must-read for college kids, students, officers, and others getting into this crucial field.”—Mark Potok, Southern Poverty legislations Center


“With contributions on components starting from anti-abortion extremism to trendy anarchism and black nationalism, this can be a attention-grabbing learn of a regularly overlooked and very important zone of yankee politics.”—Martin Durham, writer of White Rage: the extraordinary correct and American Politics


The American Republic used to be born in rebel opposed to the British crown, and ever considering that, political extremism has had an extended culture within the usa. to a few observers, the continuing presence of extremist groups—and the escalation in their activities—portends the fragmentation of the rustic, whereas others think such is the best way American pluralism works. The note extremism frequently incorporates destructive connotations, but in 1964 Barry Goldwater famously stated, “Extremism within the safety of liberty is not any vice.”

Extremism in America
is a sweeping review and evaluate of a few of the manufacturers of bigotry, prejudice, zealotry, dogmatism, and partisanship present in the us, together with the intense correct, the antiglobalization move, Black Nationalism, Chicano separatism, militant Islam, Jewish extremism, eco-extremism, the novel antiabortion move, and extremist terrorism.

Many of those varieties of single-minded intolerance are repressed through either the nation and society at huge, yet others obtain major aid from their constituencies and revel in a degree of respectability in a few quarters of the mainstream. The essays during this quantity study the connection among those hobbies and the bigger society, dissect the arguments of up to date American anarchist activists, examine fresh tendencies in political extremism, and recommend how and why such arguments resonate with quite a few people.


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J. Allen Broyles, The John Birch Society: Anatomy of Protest (Boston: Beacon Press, 1964). 8. , The Radical Right (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1964). 9. Theodor W. Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel J. Levinson, and R. Nevitt Sanford, The Authoritarian Personality (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950). ” Lipset and Raab, Politics of Unreason, 3. A more recent study with a similar theme—that is, fears of marginalization leads to scapegoating—is Raphael S. Ezekiel, The Racist Mind: Portraits of American Neo-Nazis and Klansmen (New York: Viking, 1995).

105 Paul developed his libertarian worldview from a very early age. While in medical school he spent his spare time reading books written by members of the so-called Austrian school of economics whose icons, Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, favored an unregulated free market. 106 Around the time of the Cuban missile crisis, Paul joined the Air Force and served as a surgeon. Upon returning to his medical practice, he refused to perform elective abortions, one of his few principled stands on social issues.

Org/get-informed/ intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2008/fall/silver-lining. 2. For example see, Seymour Martin Lipset and Earl Raab. The Politics of Unreason: Right Wing Extremism in America, 1790–1970 (New York: Harper and Row, 1970); Paul Goodman, Towards a Christian Republic: Antimasonry and the Great Transition in New England, 1826–1836 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988); David H. Bennett, Party of Fear: From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American History (New York: Vintage Books, 1988); and Gustavus Myers, History of Bigotry in the United States (New York: Random House, 1943).

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