Apr 20, 2021
Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort
Posted by Chip Berlet Matthew N. Lyons

Right wing militias and other antigovernment organizations have received heightened public attention since the Oklahoma City bombing While such groups are often portrayed as marginal extremists, the values they espouse have influenced mainstream politics and culture far than most Americans realize This important volume offers an in depth look at the historical rootsRight wing militias and other antigovernment organizations have received heightened public attention since the Oklahoma City bombing While such groups are often portrayed as marginal extremists, the values they espouse have influenced mainstream politics and culture far than most Americans realize This important volume offers an in depth look at the historical roots and current landscape of right wing populism in the United States Illuminated is the potent combination of anti elitist rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and ethnic scapegoating that has fueled many political movements from the colonial period to the present day The book examines the Jacksonians, the Ku Klux Klan, and a host of Cold War nationalist cliques, and relates them to the evolution of contemporary electoral campaigns of Patrick Buchanan, the militancy of the Posse Comitatus and the Christian Identity movement, and an array of millennial sects Combining vivid description and incisive analysis, Berlet and Lyons show how large numbers of disaffected Americans have embraced right wing populism in a misguided attempt to challenge power relationships in U.S society Highlighted are the dangers these groups pose for the future of our political system and the hope of progressive social change Winner Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America

  • Title: Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort
  • Author: Chip Berlet Matthew N. Lyons
  • ISBN: 9781572305625
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • Right Wing Populism in America Too Close for Comfort Right wing militias and other antigovernment organizations have received heightened public attention since the Oklahoma City bombing While such groups are often portrayed as marginal extremists the v

    Adam Ross

    Investigative journalist and researcher Chip Berlet produces a comprehensive history of right wing populism in American history, from the founding up to the turn of the century The book is readable and interesting, as well as being exhaustively documented Right wing populism, according to Berlet, is different from broader populist movements in its obsession with producerism, the view that the majority middle, producers, are exploited from above by lazy elites and below by lazy parasites , which [...]


    Michael

    The main lesson I took from this book is this all of this has happened before, and it will all happen again Where there is hot air and an abundance of gullible minds, there will be right wing populist groups Being an academic work, it can be dry at times, but it was definitely very educational and predictive of the country s current situation.


    Brett

    I read some excellent books last year, but I would put this one near the top of the list The reviews for this have a substantial numbers of trolls doling out nonsense, but the fact of the matter is that this book is a serious and thoughtful effort that will reward students of social movements It is an academic book, and likely will not keep you up all night reading But if you can move past the dry prose, you will find a cogent analysis The scope of RWPIA is very broad, beginning with the America [...]


    C M

    Right Wing Populism in America Too Close for Comfort is the best book on the far right in the US bar one In fact, it puts mainstream American politics scholars too shame, who have largely ignored these movements with the notable exception of the Christian Right It is a true tour de force that covers almost 200 years of American politics While most readers will not be interested in all periods and movements equally , and will scan some chapters while focusing on the introduction and conclusion as [...]


    David

    I bought this book many years ago and read big chunks of it in various places I regret that I didn t just sit down and read it from beginning to endwhich is what I have been doing now It is amazing and will open your eyes It is incredibly comprehensive on the subject of right wing populism The point of view is leftist, radical as in going to the root causes Not like the Southern Poverty Law Center liberal centrist or Anti Defamation League centrist to neo conservative They have a social movement [...]


    Carl

    Essential background to the Tea Party, especially the theory of producerism that opposes parasites at the top international banks, Jews and at the bottom people of color, immigrants.


    Michael

    So you re having trouble understanding how Donald Trump was elected president Having similar issues understanding why he is so popular among his base Perhaps you ve read Hillbilly Elegy A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis to learn about the white working class and what s happened to them in recent decades This book might be a worthwhile next stop.Right Wing Populism in America Too Close for Comfort looks at conservative attempts to win over the white working class throughout US history T [...]


    Dylan

    From an review If left wingers can read The Closing of the American Mind as a challenge to their assumptions, those of the right should consider doing the same with this fine piece of work.


    Online-University of-the-Left

    Required reading for making sense of the 2012 election, especially the irrationalism and racism in this last few months.


    Sarah Jaffe

    So much interesting stuff in this book, so many rabbit holes to go down.



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