On the Edge: Political Cults Right and Left

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This is the first book to document the extent of political cults on both the right and left and explain their significance for mainstream political organizations. The authors outline the defining characteristics of cults in general, and analyze the degree to which a variety of well-known movements fall within the spectrum of cultic organizations. The book covers such individuals and groups as Lyndon LaRouche, Fred Newman, Ted Grant, Marlene Dixon, the Christian Identity movement, Posse Commitatus, Aryan Nation, ...
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Overview

This is the first book to document the extent of political cults on both the right and left and explain their significance for mainstream political organizations. The authors outline the defining characteristics of cults in general, and analyze the degree to which a variety of well-known movements fall within the spectrum of cultic organizations. The book covers such individuals and groups as Lyndon LaRouche, Fred Newman, Ted Grant, Marlene Dixon, the Christian Identity movement, Posse Commitatus, Aryan Nation, militias, and the Freemen. It explores the ideological underpinnings that predispose cult followers to cultic practices, along with the measures cults use to suppress dissent, achieve intense conformity, and extract extraordinary levels of commitment.
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Documenting the influence of political cults in both the right and left wings, Tourish (communication management, U. of Aberdeen) and Wohlforth, a journalist, begin by outlining the characteristics of cults and then go on to analyze the degree to which a variety of well- known movements adhere to the model. They discuss such individuals as Lyndon LaRouche, Fred Newman, Ted Grant, and Marlene Dixon, as well as groups like the Christian Identity movement, Posse Comitatus, Aryan nations, and militias. The emphasis is on the underpinnings of organizations predisposed to cultish practices and the measures they use to suppress dissent, achieve intense conformity, and extract extraordinary levels of commitment from their membership. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765606396
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/30/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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