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Hate on the Right

Right-Wing Political Groups and Hate Speech


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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Chapter 1: Introduction


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Recently, researchers studying hate speech have argued that, like organized hate groups, right-wing pundits and politicians manipulate hate for persuasive purposes (Waltman & Haas, 2010). However, when right-wing politicians use language in the same way to accomplish the same purposes, many are hesitant to characterize the language of politicians and pundits as “hate speech” and perhaps even less inclined to equate the language produced by a hate group with the language produced by those seeking electoral victories in U.S. politics. This caution is understandable. Those on the political Right react with surprise and incredulity when accused of using hate speech or hatemongering, often claiming that “patriotic” groups are accused by liberals of hatemongering (Waltman & Haas, 2010, p. 105). Certainly, many that may be characterized as “right wing” do not promote hate. It also cannot be denied that a portion of the Right is what might be characterized as the “racist Right” (Crothers, 2003; Waltman & Haas, 2010). Those who have produced racist novels for the hate movement (see Chapter 2) have addressed the connection between right-wing thinking and hate (e.g., Bristow, 2010). Indeed, academic writers have addressed various connections between right-wing thinking and hate (Crothers, 2003; Hamm, 1993). There is also a historical connection between right-wing thinking and hate. Years ago, a co-founder ← 1 | 2 → of the ultra-conservative John Birch Society, Revilo P. Oliver, left the John Birch Society to found the infamous neo-Nazi National Alliance. The John Birch Society was so extreme...

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