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From Booklist The persecution narratives of right-wing extremists aimed at stirring up hysteria about the “socialist“ agenda of the Democrats generally and President Obama specifically are part of a long history of fearmongering and paranoia, asserts political blogger Wolraich. Citing broadcasts and blogs by Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, and others, Wolraich scoffs at claims that there is a conspiracy to destroy Christmas in an overwhelmingly Christian nation or that Obama’s policies are racist and aimed at helping minorities at the expense of whites. He intersperses his criticism of modern extremists with historical perspectives on fearmongering and paranoid campaigns, including the execution of Socrates on charges of corrupting youth, the banning of Shakespeare from London on similar fears, bans on comic books in the U.S., and the Red-baiting of the McCarthy era. He dates the intermingling of right-wing extremism and religious fundamentalism to the 1980s with the IRS crackdown on the tax-exempt status of segregated schools. The Tea Party is the latest manifestation of worries about hodgepodge conspiracies that are being dangerously exploited by political opportunists. Wolraich is keenly analytical and often caustic in this compelling look at the use of persecution to push politics to the extreme. --Vanessa Bush Review ***The Belltown Messenger*, November 2010 **“It's one of those books I couldn't put down, blazing through it in a day… Do get Wolraich's book. In addition to making me cry, it also made me laugh.” ***Instinct Magazine, *January 2011 **“A well researched look at media and politics (and the politics of media) delivered with a Daily Show-esque tone.” ***Booklist*, 12/7/10** “Wolraich is keenly analytical and often caustic in this compelling look at the use of persecution to push politics to the extreme.”
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