The Politics of Fear: How Republicans Use Money, Race, and the Media to Win

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Overview

What explains the electoral success of Republicans, particularly of the ascendant neoconservatives who now dominate the Party? Based on a thorough and up-to-date examination of the New Right over twenty-five years, The Politics of Fear proposes some provocative answers, including globalization, new technologies, and a far-reaching network of right-wing think tanks and foundations. As the authors show, all have opened the doors to a new politics of fear successfully waged by the neoconservatives.

By manipulating insecurity, the New Right has created an extraordinarily successful populist conservative movement. Utilizing extensive documentation, the authors argue convincingly that the fear of immigrants and racial minorities has served as the most effective tactic in the GOP arsenal, while their approach also implicates gays, feminists, and terrorists. The book explains why Americans have willingly supported a party that promises them security, just as it delivers greater economic and political insecurity. The authors argue that, despite their striking political successes, neoconservatives have delivered to voters a set of policies harmful to working Americans in the way of regressive tax measures, military exploits, tort reform, deregulation, and environmental destruction.

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COMMNunberg (Sch. of Information, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Going Nucular) more narrowly focuses on how the Right has taken control of the common political language to move our national politics steadily toward the conservative point of view. Words with powerful symbolic meaning, such as patriotism and terrorism, have been appropriated by conservatives and used skillfully to further their political agenda. As an example, Nunberg notes how the word elite has been narrowed to describe more liberal sectors of society, such as academics or the media, rather than referring to corporate or military leaders who exercise real power. This hijacking of the language is tied to the Right's powerful use of storytelling, going back to the 1960s and then epitomized by Ronald Reagan. Nunberg argues that for Democrats to return to power they must take back the language and tell stories that engage listeners. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594512414
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Manuel G. Gonzales is Professor of History at Diablo Valley College and adjunct professor of history at California State University, East Bay. He has also been a visiting professor of Chicano history at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Andrea Costa and the Rise of Socialism in the Romagna (Rowman and Littlefield, 1981) and Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States (University Press of America, 1980).

Richard Delgado is University Distinguished Professor and Derrick Bell Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. He is author, with Jean Stefancic, of No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America’s Social Agenda (Temple University Press, 1996).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The New Right: Birth of a Movement
2. Conservative Foundations
3. Right-Wing Think Tanks
4. Conservatives and the Mass Media
5. Modern Conservatism: Ideology and Agenda
6. Conservatism and the Politics of Fear
7. Democracy for the Few
Conclusion: A Well-Oiled Machine
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