FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Neiwert, And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border

By: Sunday March 31, 2013 1:59 pm

In his gripping new book, David Neiwert offers a frightening look inside the Minutemen militias and sheds light on the history and the unhinged personalities behind them. It is no easy task to write about people who readily make up tales and fabrications to describe themselves and their agendas. But Neiwert cuts through the bullshit (and there’s a lot of it), adeptly untangling truth from myth.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joe McGinniss, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin

By: Sunday September 25, 2011 1:59 pm

Longtime journalist and award-winning author Joe McGinniss’ newest book, The Rogue, is the latest – but by no means last – book about Sarah Palin. Palin is not only the most famous Alaskan in history, she has uniquely combined political activity, celebrity, motherhood, grandmotherhood, a spousal relationship, borderline religious beliefs, professional victimhood, the American gossip universe, pop culture, legal obfuscation, new media and social networking. Increasingly known for being thin-skinned and somewhat lacking in spatial awareness, Palin, more than any American politician in a generation or so, almost begged McGinniss – or any investigative author – to move next door.

FDL Book Salon – The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized The American Right

By: Saturday May 16, 2009 2:00 pm

When I started blogging six years or so ago, I wrote a lot about the new right wing, trying to describe what I was seeing and hoping to understand what had happened to the mainstream conservatism I had grown up with and thought I knew. Until I came across Dave Neiwert’s blog Orcinus, I didn’t even know there was a word for it. Once I read his long posts called “Rush, Newspeak and Fascism,” I did. It’s called “eliminationism,” which Neiwert defines as “a politics and a culture that shuns dialogue and the democratic exchange of ideas in favor of the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through suppression, exile, and ejection, or extermination.”

This new strain of conservatism, then, wasn’t actually conservatism at all, but a hearkening back to old radical strains of American tribalism and some very unpleasant 20th century European political movements —which all focused on completely annihilating perceived internal enemies. One would have thought that notions of expelling racial groups or committing genocide had been purged from the American body politic sometime around the turn of the last century. But here it was again, all mixed in with white supremacy, fundamantalist religion, nationalism, chauvanism and paranoia — and it was being absorbed into the mainstream of one of the two American political parties.

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