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The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

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From “Birthers” who claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States to counter-jihadists who believe that the Constitution is in imminent danger of being replaced with Sharia law, conspiratorial beliefs have become an increasingly common feature of our public discourse. In this deeply researched, fascinating exploration of the ideas and rhetoric that have animate ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 11, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
"The New Hate" is a great insight into the undercurrent of insanity that fuels many rightwing populists groups. Goldwag goes into detail giving the history of many of the organizations that have laid the groundwork for today's movement. Much what motivates the new hate is what motivated the old hate, the other. Underneath it all it's still "Us vs. Them", with them being anyone who dares to muddy the purity of the moralistic crusaders. And while today's groups might focus on ideological purity, y ...more
Robert Owen
Nov 16, 2014 Robert Owen rated it really liked it
Arthur Goldwag’s “The New Hate” is an interesting “how the hell did we ever get here” review of the historical and contemporary forces that have led to the ascendance of far-right reactionary politics. The new hate, of course, is simply a repackaged version of the old hate, and Goldwag spends most of his book exploring the forms and functions of these antiques over the last two centuries.

Goldwag covers a host of different groups that became the objects of conspiracy theorists whose crackpot not
Elizabeth Sulzby
This is an important book in understanding the history of and growth of the virilent hatred in American politics currently. Every part of the book is excellent. Goldwag distinguishes between real conspiracies and "conspiracy theory/theorists" who take all sorts of seemingly divergent facts and weaves them into a Glen Beck-type "Pssst, here's what that really means," mentality. Goldwag's contribution that was most important was to give the historical forebarers of today's "true believers."

Darryl Hall
Mar 08, 2012 Darryl Hall rated it liked it
It was interesting to see how most of these groups that create conspiracy theories, when boiled down to their main driving force, is just plain ole bigotry, of either dark skinned people, Jews, secret societies or some religion, or a wicked combination of these. The problem with the book to me was too much quoting of sources and some of the different chapters were too disconnected from each other.
May 18, 2016 David rated it really liked it
bathroom reading for the democratic leisure class
Jan 16, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok
An odd El Camino of a book, The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right is either a half-hearted attempt to deliver red meat to progressives or a scholarly exploration dressed in an ill-fitting mini skirt and borrowed stilettos. I’m not sure what the author, Arthur Goldwag, was going for here, but the result was a clunky, overstuffed historical survey of Populist Right hate groups and their writings (more on this below) without any discernible insight into the “New” hate b ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
I think I was fortunate to chose to read this at a good time, after the (2014) mid-terms. I loved this book. It's been depressing lately being a fan of this president, mostly because of his supporters (or lack thereof) - anyway, this book was great for perspective, providing a reminder that the Right has housed all kinds of reactionary small-minded hatemongers spouting ridiculous nonsense and hyperbole since the beginning, but here we are, so..."hope", I guess. I well-considered the 2 and 3-star ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Wise_owl rated it really liked it
"The New Hate" was a fascinating read into area's of history I was aware of, but hadn't fully plumbed. It's thesis, if it can be said to have one, is that the new round of conspiracy theories and focused Right-Wing Populism is not that different from other such episodes in America's history, going all the way back to it's founding as a country.

Goldwag covers prejudices that still exist; those against Blacks and Jews for example. As well as those who are less popular today than they once were; an
Sep 26, 2015 Greg rated it liked it
While the topic is extremely important, I must admit I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of focus in this book. The author's presentation is somewhat chaotic, and each chapter seems to be a heck of a lot less coherent than it could be.

I would recommend instead Richard Hofstadter's superb "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" and "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life." While both are "dated" now, having been written half a century before, they are much more tightly focused and, hence, th
Robert Dormer
Apr 12, 2014 Robert Dormer rated it liked it
What on earth was this book about? I thought it would be an analysis of right wing lunacy and hatred. Instead it's a....history book? Scholarly monograph? Collection of quotations? I'm not sure. This is one confusing and seriously unorganized book. The author didn't really state a specific thesis until almost 3/4ths of the way through. For the most part it reads like a copiously footnoted and well researched meandering stream of consciousness. Do we really need two separate sets of footnotes? An ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
It really shouldn't be much of a surprise that I agreed with most of what was in here, but I would like to point out that calling modern conservative bigotry "the New Hate" is somewhat inaccurate, as it really seems to be made up of older hates that have been repainted for a different time. Take Henry Ford's concern about Jewish rabbinical courts in New York, bring it forward a few decades, and it becomes the anti-Shariah movement advocated by Frank "Eyebrows" Gaffney and Pamela "Shrieking Harpy ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Ryan rated it liked it
A great profile of US conspiracism and paranoia. The beginning and the end were compelling, well researched, and at times hilarious. While it's understandable that the anti-masonic movements had to be addressed in order to trace the genealogy of US conspiracy-theory, that section seemed to go on forever and ever and ever. Perhaps it was the material, perhaps it was the writing, and perhaps it was just the reader's interest- but that section was alone in being less than excellent. This is an inte ...more
Claire Conner
Apr 10, 2013 Claire Conner rated it really liked it
Arthur Goldwag has a deep understanding of the conspiracy theories, the fear and the hatred that drives many of the extremists in the US. His book takes the reader deep inside the "crazy" and the bizarre while helping us understand how these ideas influence so many people. While lot of folks dismiss conspiracy theories as silly, I was raised in a family where conspiracy theories were fact and fear was our daily bread. I'm grateful the Goldwag is able to push through much of the rhetoric and unco ...more
A survey of conspiracy theories and right wing populist movements, this book provides interesting and detailed quotations from various famous nut-jobs and the literature they produce. It's mostly synthetic and doesn't make a wildly original argument, but it would be a good introduction to the general subject. Its greatest strengths are the detailed analysis of right-wing literature and the biographical research on people like Maria Monk, Charles Lindbergh, and Henry Ford.
Mar 14, 2012 Jaime rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This one distracted me from 'Atomic America'. The title is no doubt meant to be ironic - it's sadly clear that the contemporary currents of right wing and populist hate in the USA have tangled DNA that stretches just about all the way back to this country's founding. Another book for Jaime's patented 'Depressed? Here - read THIS!' bookshelf.
William Lawrence
Dec 30, 2012 William Lawrence rated it liked it
The first couple of chapters are the sole reason anyone needs to read this. The rest was repetitive, but the book was good enough for me to check out the author's other works sometime. Much of what's in this book is too obvious, but it's not going to convince the radical right, if they even read it.
Patrick Bair
The information is certainly interesting; but the author frequently goes rambling so far on historical tangents that I often lost interest and found myself skimming. Reads almost like a collection of short stories loosely tied together.
Edward Renehan
Jan 06, 2013 Edward Renehan rated it it was amazing
A very important work. Traces the history of ignorance-fueled intolerance throughout American political history. Excellent. (Full Disclosure: Goldwag is a friend and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of my publishing company, New Street. Further note: We are NOT the publisher of his book.)
Kimberly Wells
Mar 08, 2013 Kimberly Wells rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic
A well-researched and interesting history of paranoia and conspiracy. I would have liked it more if it had shown a better link to some of the current day movements. While it was mentioned it wasn't a focal point. However, this may have been more about my expectations than a failing of the book.
Sep 11, 2012 Sam rated it did not like it
I guess after the fact I didn't really find this book to be convincing. Goldwag promises at the beginning to tie conspiracy theorists to modern Conservatives, but all of his evidence is tangential and hearsay. There are never any "smoking guns" really. I was disappointed.
Mar 03, 2016 Gail rated it it was amazing
"It was amazing" - in an appalling sort of way. Read it a couple years ago, but thinking about it a lot now with the current presidential campaign happening. Still appalling.
Bob Schnell
Feb 09, 2013 Bob Schnell rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
A good overview of the various conspiracy theories floating around and how they got started. Turns out the new hate is the same as the old hate.
Peter Owens
Jul 29, 2014 Peter Owens rated it liked it
A chronicle of the roots of far right conspiracy theories and social movements. Less relevant than you might think.
Dec 06, 2013 Adria rated it it was ok
Shelves: ditched
Too long and wordy for me. Learned a bit about the origins of modern Tea Party crackpots but not enough to hold my interest. Bailed after a few chapters.
Aug 12, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I expected more contemporary information and this goes a little too far into the historical aspects of conspiracies. Other than that it was a good read and I did learn a few things.
Aug 22, 2012 Dianne rated it liked it
This book is footnoted very well and one could get whiplash going between the text and the footnotes. The gist of the book is that the new hate is not new.
Jan 05, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
Makes an interesting potted history, but there's not enough about modern leftist conspiratorial thinking. Which is definitely out there.
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Arthur Goldwag is the author of Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies, and of -Isms and -Ologies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and family.
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