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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 6: Homology of Exclusion


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The purpose of this book is to examine the discourse and language produced by a variety of right-wing groups and to describe the homology that exists among their discourses. A linguistic homology, “is a formal parallel that cuts across seemingly dissimilar discourses” (Olson, 2002, p. 217). Argument from homology involves examining resemblances among different discourses or texts in order to render judgments about the features texts may share even though they address different content, substance, contexts, and audience constraints (Olson, 2002, p. 217). The logic of a homological critique is that individuals experiencing texts or discourse sets are influenced by the form of the text and not simply the specific content of the text (Olson, 2002, p. 217). As noted in Chapter 1, if a communicator is accustomed to encountering an argument in a particular discursive form, and views that form as acceptable, the form may enhance the persuasiveness of discourse content. Moreover, a homological critique may help critics to gain insights into the points of convergence and similarities between unique groups.

Why might this be important? Argument from homology can play an important role in the formation of publics that groups may appeal to for loyalty and political viability. Groups may learn to form natural affinities and, eventually, affiliations from a particular shared discursive form. Such groups may ← 205 | 206 → have different backgrounds, motivations, and agendas. However, in the discursive form, they find a unity that brings them together...

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