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Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Very compelling read. I recommend this book to anyone who wants

    Very compelling read. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the insidiousness of the John Birch Society views and their impact upon family dynamics. As someone with two right wing brothers (we were not raised that way), I am trying to understand the attraction to right wing views. One is a "more traditional" conservative/libertarian, but under the veneer thinks racism is a thing of the past, poor women can simply relocate to a state where abortion is more readily available, and is, of course, completely opposed to the ACA. The other borders on mentally ill. I have long theorized that right wing views are some form of group psychosis, not unlike cults, with the intense pressure to conform, conform, conform. I can only conclude that they are based upon fear and intense discomfort with ambiguity and tolerance, which (without any scientific evidence to share) I attribute to hard wiring of the brain reinforced through environmental stimuli. More scientific and anthropological study is needed. My greatest fear is that the GOP has made a Faustian deal and this time has no idea how to relegate the JBS back to the fringe organizations where it belongs. I fear however that thirty years of brow-beating the American public with these views has made them acceptable to a new generation of Caucasians terrified of being a minority. I found the author's discussion of her evolving views on abortion particularly fascinating. She writes about her naivety of pregnancy and biology, and her own struggle with difficult pregnancies and miscarriages. This resonated because as someone who has always been pro-choice having worked with rape victims in college and who later experienced five pregnancy losses myself, I could see her struggle with own black and white conclusions. I think what I admired most was her ability to love her parents and be there at the end regardless of the fact that they were dreadful parents. I highly recommend this memoir.

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