First two blurbs for The New Hate

The New Hate is a timely examination of the deep roots of the conspiracy theories that have animated the American radical right for more than a century now. This important book gives readers the background they need to understand the astounding extremist rhetoric that now passes for mainstream political debate.”—Mark Potok, Director, The Southern Poverty Law Center

“This exhumation of the deep and gnarled roots of the American conspiratorial tradition could not be more timely. Combining a sweeping historical eye and sharp contemporary analysis, Arthur Goldwag explains not just why American politics in the Age of Obama is infected by a virulent strain of right-wing conspiracism — but why it has always been thus. From the Bavarian Illuminati of Adam Weishaupt, to the Tea Party Idiocracy of Michelle Malkin, The New Hate covers everything you need to know about the paranoid style in American politics.”Alex Zaitchik, author, Common Nonsense

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  1. Arthur:

    This morning I came across an interesting article published in October 2009 in the Dallas Morning News–copied below:
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    Perry uses Glenn Beck favorite as election ally

    Dallas Morning News, The (TX) – Thursday, October 1, 2009
    Author: WAYNE SLATER

    AUSTIN – When Gov. Rick Perry recommended an obscure book at a recent conference for social conservatives in Washington, heads nodded around the room.

    Lots of people seem to recognize the 1981 book, The 5000 Year Leap, and the author, Cleon Skousen.

    Fox News host Glenn Beck has invoked Skousen lavishly in his battle against all things Obama. And in recent weeks, Perry has followed Beck’s lead and adopted the author, who died in 2006, as a political ally in his re-election campaign against Kay Bailey Hutchison.

    At the Values Voters Summit, where Perry addressed hundreds of Christian conservatives, the governor cited Skousen’s retelling of history in which America is a religious miracle and the Founding Fathers were divinely inspired.

    In August, a Wall Street Journal reporter interviewing Perry in his office at the Capitol asked about how President Barack Obama’s policies will affect the country. The governor lunged forward, pointing to The 5000 Year Leap sitting nearby on a table.

    “If you want to know what this guy’s policies are doing, it’s been written about before,” Perry said.

    Skousen was a prolific writer. He built a reputation on the right as a leading defender of the John Birch Society and author of more than a dozen books and pamphlets, mostly about the red menace and the influence of communists and billionaire capitalists. He was largely forgotten until Beck began trumpeting the author’s ideas on his top-rated cable TV show.

    Among his ideas: Dwight Eisenhower was a communist agent, and the Rockefellers, European bankers and the Communist Party were engaged in a conspiracy to create a one-world government.

    In The Making of America, a book written a year after The 5000 Year Leap, Skousen characterized African-American children as “pickaninnies” and described American slave owners as the “worst victims” of the system of slavery.

    Perry spokesman Mark Miner distanced the governor from the author’s more controversial views.

    “He was pointing to a book he was reading,” Miner said. “It doesn’t mean that he has to agree with every position an author takes. I don’t think anybody agrees with every single position of another individual.”

    Liberal activist Glenn Smith says Perry is trying to have it both ways – sending a signal to his party’s hard right that he shares Skousen’s notions of religious nationalism and suspicion of government but dissociating himself from the author’s more unsavory politics.

    “For a sitting governor to be touting his books is rather alarming,” said Smith, who blogs at DogCanyon.org. “What they’re counting on as a 2010 election strategy is they can send these code words to the fringe, and the mainstream voters in their party will never know.”

    In his campaign blueprint, Perry is targeting social conservatives, a key constituency in next March’s Republican primary against Hutchison.

    It might be working. At Texas Tea Party meetings in Tyler, activist Lyndsay Richards has been distributing copies of The 5000 Year Leap. And she’s delighted Perry is promoting it. “That is very promising in his defense,” she said.

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