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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The New Hate

The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right by Arthur Goldwag was recommended by an article that was focused on phobias of all kinds--so yes, I am totes interested thank you very much.

Goldwag focuses his book on exactly what his subtitle tells you: fear and loathing of everyone and everything liberal (or just made-up) by the populist right.  This includes everyone from Birthers to Islamo-phobes (did I even spell that right???) and everyone in between.  This fear that people with whom we are either unfamiliar or of whom we are frightened takes over our ability to reason and deal with one another in a sane and civil manner.  Instead, there is a war waged against people who make one uncomfortable.  You have to read the book in order to get the full understanding, or you can head to Amazon and read a great synopsis there. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book in the most intellectual way possible.  It's not a feel-good read for sure, but it's a clear and well-reasoned treatise on the current state of hate in our country as it relates to not just politics but also to race, color, and creed.  It's interesting that immediately following this (as in, like, the next week or so) I will be blogging about Lionel Shriver's The New Republic as well as Amy Waldman's The Submission, each having a little part in what Goldwag speaks of in his work.  Each of these books (all three!) makes their reader look inside his- or herself to examine true feelings, not just the happy-liberal-I-love-everyone outer shell put forth.

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