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Hate on the Right

Right-Wing Political Groups and Hate Speech

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Michael Waltman

This book examines the ways that hatred comes alive in language and discourse. It asks whether much of the discourse on the political right – that which attacks their enemies – is hate speech. Extending Michael Waltman’s previous work on hate speech, this book examines the discourse and language produced by a variety of right-wing groups and attempts to determine the homology that exists among their discourses. These groups, which include the racist right wing, the political right wing, the Christian right wing, and the paramilitary right wing, are examined respectively through the lenses of the film White Apocalypse, the book Atlas Shrugged, the Left Behind trilogy of movies, and the web pages maintained by the Republic of the United States of America and the National Rifle Association. The author looks at the discourses of hate produced in these seminal texts in order to identify a homology of exclusion that unites the forms of right-wing extremism, giving them a common frame of reference when confronting social and political challenges.
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Once again, I want to acknowledge the love and support of my family, the Waltmans and Leysieffers, which sustains and inspires my work. I want to thank Kirsten and Gus for patiently tolerating an absence here and there at hockey tournaments and other important family events. I also want to thank those students who helped me to critique my ideas on the "uplifting" topic of hate and hatemongers and who endured the concerned looks from the Bull’s Head Bookshop clerks when purchasing multiple texts on the topics of hate speech, hate crime, and ethnoviolence.

This work was supported by a Research and Study Leave from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I am grateful to Mary Savigar, Sophie Appel, and the many good folk at Peter Lang for a productive partnership that nurtured and respected my vision for this book. ← ix | x →← x | 1 →

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