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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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Chapter 7: Conclusion

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CONCLUSION

This chapter offers a conclusion to this rather differentiated and integrated critique of right-wing political and social discourse. Immediately following is a discussion of the summary of research and findings for Chapters 2 through 5. A thorough summary of the differentiated themes evident in each text is beyond the scope of the conclusion. What follows is a statement that represents the kernel message of the texts and the position of right-wing groups represented by each text. Next, a discussion of the homology of exclusion and its functions integrates the discourses of the Racist Right, Extreme Capitalist Right, Christian Right, and the Paramilitary Right. The conclusion ends with a discussion of the elements of hate speech in right-wing discourse.

Racist Right: White Apocalypse

White Apocalypse is the latest in a handful of racist novels employed by the Racist Right to spread their ideology of hate and to teach their followers who and why to hate. Like The Turner Diaries and Hunter, White Apocalypse also teaches violence and the proper Aryan approach to hate-motivated violence. More generally, White Apocalypse teaches a new proper racist Aryan identity. Readers learn that the new threat facing Aryans is Amerindians. Amerindians ← 231 | 232 → are portrayed as a global category of persons who are constituted by American Indian tribes, people of Mexican descent, including those who would trace their lineage back to the Mayan culture. Readers learn that Aryans are the true original Americans and descendants of...

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