"The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right"
"Neiwert (Strawberry Days), founder of the political blog Orcinus, links the proliferation of radical conservative ideas in the political mainstream to the looming specter of eliminationism, an ideology rejecting dialogue and debate in favor of the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through suppression, exile, and eviction, or extermination. Eliminationism has taken many forms in American history, from the attitudes of early settlers toward the Native Americans they displaced and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan to the establishment of Sundown Towns that banned nonwhite residents and the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. In recent years, the eliminationist urge, articulated by conservative fringe groups associated with the Christian Patriot movement, has emerged in talk radio, news networks and national press outlets providing a platform for attacks on immigrants, Muslims, homosexuals and liberals. In these efforts, the author discerns a nascent American fascism, an argument that is by turns frightening and overwrought. Rich in historical and journalistic detail, the book offers a fine overview of the uglier strains in American politics. However, those looking for concrete solutions will find the author's call for ever-increasing vigilance somewhat less than fortifying."
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 10:38 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
What's more interesting is that as one side uses these tools successfully, the other side has to start too or risk being "out-gunned", so to speak. Karl Rove did more for the Democrats than the Republicans.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 11:21 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Parent of Two,
I think you're missing the idea that "eliminationism" isn't an ideology specific to any one side. It's more of a tool that can be used by anyone and seems to explain somewhat the radicalization of America. Read the much larger review at Amazon.com of that book for a more detailed overview.
Posted by hmmmmmmmmm, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm
Stacey, you do any research of this guy David Neiwert? Not exactly objective. He has worked for MSNBC and wrote for the New York Times. Not exactly middle of the road publications. Most of his articles pertain to picking off Republican representatives and tearing them apart. Do yourself a favor and read deeper before believing.