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The Surprising Roots of Recent White Extremism - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Bring the War Home The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America By Kathleen Belew Published 04.09.2018 Harvard University Press"
book  review  white-supremacy  racism  history  extremism  vietnam 
april 2018 by tsuomela
Hate Spin | The MIT Press
"In the United States, elements of the religious right fuel fears of an existential Islamic threat, spreading anti-Muslim rhetoric into mainstream politics. In Indonesia, Muslim absolutists urge suppression of churches and minority sects, fostering a climate of rising intolerance. In India, Narendra Modi’s radical supporters instigate communal riots and academic censorship in pursuit of their Hindu nationalist vision. Outbreaks of religious intolerance are usually assumed to be visceral and spontaneous. But in Hate Spin, Cherian George shows that they often involve sophisticated campaigns manufactured by political opportunists to mobilize supporters and marginalize opponents. Right-wing networks orchestrate the giving of offense and the taking of offense as instruments of identity politics, exploiting democratic space to promote agendas that undermine democratic values.   George calls this strategy “hate spin”—a double-sided technique that combines hate speech (incitement through vilification) with manufactured offense-taking (the performing of righteous indignation). It is deployed in societies as diverse as Buddhist Myanmar and Orthodox Christian Russia. George looks at the world’s three largest democracies, where intolerant groups within India’s Hindu right, America’s Christian right, and Indonesia’s Muslim right are all accomplished users of hate spin. He also shows how the Internet and Google have opened up new opportunities for cross-border hate spin. George argues that governments must protect vulnerable communities by prohibiting calls to action that lead directly to discrimination and violence. But laws that try to protect believers’ feelings against all provocative expression invariably backfire. They arm hate spin agents’ offense-taking campaigns with legal ammunition. Anti-discrimination laws and a commitment to religious equality will protect communities more meaningfully than misguided attempts to insulate them from insult."
book  publisher  political-science  anger  outrage  sociology  psychology  extremism 
october 2016 by tsuomela
Raised to Rage | The MIT Press
"Politicians routinely amplify and misdirect voters’ anger and resentment to win their support. Opportunistic candidates encourage supporters to direct their anger toward Mexicans, Muslims, women, protestors, and others, rather than the true socioeconomic causes of their discontent. This book offers a compelling and novel explanation for political anger and the roots of authoritarian political attitudes. In Raised to Rage, Michael Milburn and Sheree Conrad connect vociferous opposition to immigrants, welfare, and abortion to the displacement of anger, fear, and helplessness. These emotions may be triggered by real economic and social instability, but Milburn and Conrad’s research shows that the original source is in childhood brutalization or some other emotional trauma. Their research also shows that frequent experiences of physical punishment in childhood increase support in adulthood for punitive public policies, distorting the political process. Originally published in 1996, reprinted now with a new introduction by the authors that updates the empirical evidence and connects it to the current political situation, this book offers a timely consideration of a paradox in American politics: why voters are convinced by campaign rhetoric, exaggeration, and scapegoating to vote against their own interests."
book  publisher  political-science  anger  outrage  sociology  psychology  extremism 
october 2016 by tsuomela
VOX – Pol | Check the Web: Assessing the Ethics and Politics of Policing the Internet for Extremist Material
"This report draws on insights from representatives of civil society, law enforcement and industry groups to offer fresh perspectives on the policing of extremist material online. Evidently, the Internet now serves not only as a breeding ground for extremism, but also offers myriad data streams which potentially hold great value to law enforcement. Using an international legal framework as a starting point, the report explores the technical, political and ethical complexities of policing the web for extremist material, and its implications for security, privacy and human rights."
report  internet  extremism  police  law  regulation 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Political Extremism Is Supported by an Illusion of Understanding
"People often hold extreme political attitudes about complex policies. We hypothesized that people typically know less about such policies than they think they do (the illusion of explanatory depth) and that polarized attitudes are enabled by simplistic causal models. Asking people to explain policies in detail both undermined the illusion of explanatory depth and led to attitudes that were more moderate (Experiments 1 and 2). Although these effects occurred when people were asked to generate a mechanistic explanation, they did not occur when people were instead asked to enumerate reasons for their policy preferences (Experiment 2). Finally, generating mechanistic explanations reduced donations to relevant political advocacy groups (Experiment 3). The evidence suggests that people’s mistaken sense that they understand the causal processes underlying policies contributes to political polarization."
politics  extremism  understanding  illusion  explanation  bias  cognition 
may 2014 by tsuomela
Must We Act As If They Mean What They Say? — Crooked Timber
"The deeper question, I think, is why it appeals so much to so many Americans that conservatives constantly say things that they don’t really mean."
politics  extremism  right-wing  conservative  rhetoric  belief  theology  american 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Making Light: All of my opinions about the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
"The way things are now, my parents seriously wonder whether they ever want to attend another public political meeting. Talking to them yesterday afternoon, I didn’t have anything encouraging or reassuring to say."
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism  rhetoric  language  right-wing 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Mumpsimus: Utopia and the Gun Culture
by Matthew Cheney. Personal reflections on gun-control from left perspective.
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism  rhetoric  language  right-wing  gun-control  utopia 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Attempted Assassination of Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona | Corrente
by Stirling Newberry "Thus, what lust was to the Victorian, rage is to our own age: the hidden demon that is both worshipped, and feared.

The right wing sanctifies this rage, by combining it with reactionary intent. The right wing allows revolutionary violence in favor of a reactionary order. "
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism  rhetoric  language  economics  right-wing  populism  socialism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Climate of Hate -
Paul Krugman on the Gifford shooting in Arizona.
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
United in Horror -
Ross Douthat responds to Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Arizona.
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Waterloo | FrumForum
So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.
politics  conservative  republicans  health-care  reform  extremism  media 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The Tea Party’s Retreaded “Ideas” | Progressive Fix
We are often told that the Tea Party Movement represents some sort of disenfranchised “radical middle” in America that rejects both major parties’ inability to get together and solve problems. As the “Contract From America” shows, that’s totally wrong. At least when it comes to policy proposals, these folks are the hard-right wing of the Republican Party, upset that Barry Goldwater’s agenda from 1964 has never been implemented.
tea-party  politics  american  movement  conservative  policy  extremism 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The Internet vs. Obama - Opinionator Blog -
It’s no exaggeration to say that technology has subverted the original idea of America. The founders explicitly rejected direct democracy — in which citizens vote on every issue — in favor of representative democracy. The idea was that legislators would convene at a safe remove from voters and, thus insulated from the din of narrow interests and widespread but ephemeral passions, do what was in the long-term interest of their constituents and of the nation. Now information technology has stripped away the insulation that physical distance provided back when information couldn’t travel faster than a horse.

I don’t see a miracle cure here. It would be hard to restore much of the insulation without tampering with the First Amendment.
politics  technology  technology-effects  partisanship  lobbying  extremism  representation  democracy 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Two Types of Crazy
A recent study from Political Research Associates, "Toxic to Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, & Scapegoating" goes into considerable detail about the historical role and function of conspiracism in American history, including the relatively recent migration of conspiracist thinking from right to left.
conspiracy  politics  extremism  psychology  analysis 
october 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Category 4 cynicism
Fred Clark continues his typology of cynicism to include: cynical manipulation
fake-outrage  cynicism  ignorance  willful  self-deception  religion  propaganda  extremism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: GooFi videos
Fred Clark tries to develop a typology of cynicism and willful ignorance using..."The videos on Good Fight Theater -- all narrated by Breathless Stoner Dude -- present a barrage of falsehoods and bogus claims. Some of those claims seem to stem from a kind of innocent stupidity, others seem like something else." Range - mostly innocent, suspect, mostly malicious.
fake-outrage  cynicism  ignorance  willful  self-deception  religion  propaganda  extremism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Johann Hari: The Republican Party Is Turning Into A Cult
These aren't fringe phenomena: a Research 2000 poll found that a majority of Republicans and Southerners say Obama wasn't born in the US, or aren't sure. ...No amount of hard evidence -- here's his birth certificate, here's a picture of his mother heavily pregnant in Hawaii, here's the announcement of his birth in the local Hawaiian paper -- can pierce this conviction.

This trend has reached its apotheosis this summer with the Republican Party claiming en masse that Obama wants to set up "death panels" to euthanize the old and disabled.
politics  religion  republicans  faith  cult  2009  extremism  town-hall  reality 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Troubled History | TPM
Let's be honest with ourselves: the American right has a deep-seated problem with political violence. It's deep-seated; it's recurrent and it's real. And it endangers the country. It just makes sense to say something the first time they hit the sauce and not wait for things to get really out of hand.
right-wing  extremism  politics  american  violence 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Hit & Run > Five Laws of the Crazy Tree - Reason Magazine
Response to Rick Perlstein 8/16/09 editorial at Washington Post about the history of right-wing extremism in America.
extremism  history  american  right-wing  conservative 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Who's Calling Who Crazy? Centrist/Extremist Theory & The Marginalizaiton of The American Majority
More on Richard Hofstadter and other mid-20c historians who marginalized extremism on both sides of the political center in favor of corporate centrism.
marginal  extremism  centrism  history  ideology  populism  1h20c  hofstadter  richard  politics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: An argument
An imagined argument that Sarah Palin is lying.
extremism  argument  form  lying  truth  fundamentalism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Five New Rules for the Photoshop Era | Open The Future | Fast Company
If you're annoyed by the "birther" churn, get used it--this kind of political hack is here to stay. It's easy and effective. Cheap digital tools make the work of faking official documents, "candid" images, and behind-the-scenes videos readily possible, even for rough amateurs.
photography  epistemology  photoshop  photomontage  truth  veracity  philosophy  politics  extremism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Still not rock bottom
To be confident of the claim that they are better than some other group, they have chosen to compare themselves to a eugenic Nazi regime that euthanizes senior citizens. That such a regime is wholly a figment of their warped imaginations is less revealing than the fact that they have been forced to imagine such a horrifying scenario in order to find something with which they can believe they compare favorably.
anger  outrage  extremism  fundamentalism  psychology  belief  addiction 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Chip Berlet
Chip Berlet is senior analyst at Political Research Associates in the Boston area. Berlet is co–author of Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort
weblog-individual  right-wing  extremism  research 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Orcinus - Glenn Beck thinks 'political correctness' is driving people to shooting rampages
One of the right's more disgusting habits is exploiting violent tragedies for ideological gain. After the shootings at Virginia Tech, Newt Gingrich blamed liberals' "situation ethics" for the tragedy. After the shootings in Arvada, Colo., the Family Research Council blamed the "secular media" for the rampage. After Columbine, then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay took to the floor to blame public school science classes for teaching young people that "they are nothing but glorified apes who are evolutionized [sic] out of some primordial soup." Just 48 hours after 9/11, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell blamed liberals for "helping this happen."
extremism  politics  republicans  conservatism 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Orcinus - 'Molon labe': Folks on the fringe right are fearfully fingering their triggers
All of which suggests that the danger in these trends lies not this week, and probably not in an assassination plot (though that certainly is plausible too), but rather over the longer term, and the threat is directed more toward government generically, especially including law enforcement. But as we have seen with other right-wing lone-wolf avengers -- like Tim McVeigh or Eric Rudolph -- that animus often translates in action into a lot of dead and injured innocent citizens.

In other words, given the security womb around him, Barack Obama will probably be fine. The rest of us, however, will need to be watchful and alert.
extremism  racism  politics  america  right-wing  wingnut 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias: Traditional Capitalist Values
Attempt to list worthwhile values of capitalism. "So here are the traditional values of capitalism as seen by those who regard it as noble.."
values  philosophy  capitalism  extremism 
october 2008 by tsuomela
An Introduction to the Overton Window of Poli... [Mackinac Center for Public Policy]
When the window of political possibilities is moved along the political spectrum, the impossible becomes desirable and the simply desirable becomes imperative. This is the true influence of a think tank...
politics  rhetoric  definition  extremism  language  thinktank 
june 2007 by tsuomela
Overton window - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It describes a "window" in the range of public reactions to ideas in public discourse, in a spectrum of all possible options on an issue. The technique relies on people promoting ideas even less acceptable than the previous "outer fringe" ideas.
politics  rhetoric  wikipedia  definition  extremism 
june 2007 by tsuomela

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