Blowing Smoke

Blowing Smoke

Why the Right Keeps Serving up Whack-job Fantasies About the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior Into A Raging Homosexual

eBook - 2010
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A self-propagating industry of rightwing paranoia is wreaking havoc on American political discourse. TV and radio pundits warn their listeners that secular conspirators have a "secret plan" to "persecute" Christians and eliminate Christianity, or that the Obama regime is encouraging black kids to beat up white kids. Prominent blogger Michael Wolraich pursues answers to two questions: Why is this happening? And what can we do about it? Wolraich documents, dissects, and deconstructs the myths that underlie the conservative movement's growing reliance on persecution politics. It examines the psychological and sociological appeal of conspiracy theories as well as the history of these ideas from the Goldwater era through the campaigns against affirmative action and gun control to the contemporary era of talk shows, Christian activism, and anti-immigration sentiments.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo, c2010.
ISBN: 9780306819377
0306819376
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 339 p.) : ill.
Contents: How Bill O'Reilly saved Christmas
Weep for your children
More or less normal people
Attack of the gay fascists
Mad as hell?
Obama's America
The sweetest of drugs
Return of the international Jew
A goat for Azazel
The progressive hunter
An appealing wondrous story
Second Amendment remedies
The tent of freedom
Wake up, America.
Summary: A self-propagating industry of rightwing paranoia is wreaking havoc on American political discourse. TV and radio pundits warn their listeners that secular conspirators have a "secret plan" to "persecute" Christians and eliminate Christianity, or that the Obama regime is encouraging black kids to beat up white kids. Prominent blogger Michael Wolraich pursues answers to two questions: Why is this happening? And what can we do about it? Wolraich documents, dissects, and deconstructs the myths that underlie the conservative movement's growing reliance on persecution politics. It examines the psychological and sociological appeal of conspiracy theories as well as the history of these ideas from the Goldwater era through the campaigns against affirmative action and gun control to the contemporary era of talk shows, Christian activism, and anti-immigration sentiments.--From publisher description.

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