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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 3: Atlas Shrugged: Right-Wing Producerism


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In Chapter 1, it was noted that producerism, a constituting principle of right-wing populism, differentiates people on the basis of what they produce for society. Producers, it is argued, generate products or resources for society and provide a net benefit to society. Those who do not provide such net benefits are often termed “takers” and are considered a drag on society, including those who work for the State since their salaries are paid for by taxes paid by private citizens. Producers, because they have made money through good decisions and correct thinking, should be allowed to fully benefit from their efforts. “Takers” are understood to lack wealth or resources because they have made bad decisions. From a right-wing perspective, these bad decisions make them unworthy of respect or protections from the marketplace. Ultimately, this producerism is used as a way of constructing a social hierarchy that situates worthy producers above unworthy “takers” (Marty & Appleby, 1994; Fiske & Taylor, 2008).

Overview of Atlas Shrugged

Producerism is placed front and center by Ayn Rand in her novel Atlas Shrugged. Atlas Shrugged has been very influential on the thinking of the right ← 43 | 44 → wing, particularly in the United States. In Atlas Shrugged, Rand describes a world in which “producers” are responsible for the advancement of society, and through the force of their superior ideas, intellect, and work ethic, they manage to advance society over the obstacles of non-producers...

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