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Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies About the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior Into a Raging Homosexual

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Television sensation Glenn Beck warns of White House plots to institute fascism, communism, and other terrifying “isms.” Radio titan Rush Limbaugh charges that a racist Obama regime encourages black schoolchildren to beat up white kids. Evangelical luminary James Dobson frets that Christians will be arrested for thought crimes and people will b
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Da Capo Press (first published October 7th 2010)
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Feb 07, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
This book is an easy and thoroughly entertaining read. If you love the ranting of people like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, you will not be disappointed. I was laughing so much my husband came in to check on me while I was reading. A very fun and basic introduction into the world of the fanatical branches of conservative politics.
Mar 08, 2014 Danns rated it really liked it
Yes, the title is a mouthful, but the content is easily digested and I thought well presented. The book takes a decent look at the history and psychology behind persecution politics. Ideas that give rise to severe divisive stances and ideological blockades even in the face of contrary evidence. Focus is on the current persecution espoused by the far right and how the prominent voices; Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Pat Buchannan, etc.; achieved their status in society today. Looking at similar issues ...more
can't do an intense read, more of a skim all the while wondering do these people listen to themselves, i mean really *listen* as in HEAR what they are saying.
i need to find my LP 1776 and put Cool Cool Conservative Men on repeat. not for the gavotte but for the words. though the gavotte would be needed gracefulness.
Today yahoo news mentioned the debate about requiring photo id to vote. dems against, repbs for, must say i don't see what the fuss is, then i encounter people without ids everyday. r
Ann Cardwell
Jan 21, 2016 Ann Cardwell rated it it was ok
This tells the tactics of the extreme right in framing their rhetoric. While it gave an interesting insight into the subject, I had a hard time getting thru it because extended discussions of Bill O'Reilly, Glen Beck, etc., were very hard for me to stomach.
Feb 08, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: conspiracy nuts and Nazibaiters
Shelves: nonfiction
not a bad, fun little read. Mostly a good primer on the right's paranoid, conspiracy driven style of persecution politics. But the Glenn Beck examples are already very dated and not as dangerously relevant as they seemed at the time the book came out two years ago. Rush and O'Reilly, sadly, still make hideous examples of themselves. Great chapter on the shift from commie baiting to homosexual threats. Strangely absent, though, are all mentions of Islamophobia.. I suppose if you are interested in ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Cuyler rated it it was amazing
A great book that takes a look where the anger on the right in America is coming from, and how everyone from the left to the right can combat the hidden bigotry and misinformation out there. I appreciate especially that while Wolraich admits that the ideas on the right are whack-job in nature, the actual people who believe in them are not. In fact, he specifically argues against calling conservatives and other right-wingers "crazy" or "insane", because this is not an individual problem; it's a r ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Marie marked it as to-read
Wow, this seems to be a case of major projection here - as if the left didn't peddle ridiculous conspiracy theories themselves.

I have a lot of books to read, so whenever I want to read a bunch of poorly researched lies pushed by paranoid liberals, I will go ahead and pick this up.

Because conservatives don't have any legitimate concerns at all. Oh no. And the liberals are just perfect - never wrong, never made a mistake - NEVER.
Nancy Spagnolo
Sep 28, 2011 Nancy Spagnolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a well-researched, at times amusing, rational look at the right wing's perpetual cries of victimization. It mentions, but doesn't dwell on, various political figures and is centered on media figures and some in lobbying positions, think tanks, etc... Quotes and such are sited for easy fact checking, but that won't keep it from being unpalatable to those who choose to believe the "real-America"-is-being-persecuted mythology.
Dan Gilbert
Sep 08, 2011 Dan Gilbert rated it really liked it
Funny! Wolraich has a great sense of humor and, despite the seriousness of his topic, manages to get quite a few laughs in his method of presentation. His points are amply backed up by copious footnotes, giving the reader plenty of opportunity to verify any and all claims and statements he makes.

Very enjoyable read. Very insightful. Very frustrating.
Jan 07, 2011 Az rated it really liked it
The citations. Oh, the citations, footnotes and source lists make my little geek heart sing.

Just the right amount of snark; not so much that I want to punch him in the face, but not so dry as to be an 'acceptable' academic paper.
Jillian O'connor
May 29, 2011 Jillian O'connor rated it really liked it
Really good explanation of right-wing conspiracy thinking as an outcome of cognitive dissonance. Just enough snark to be entertaining without undermining his argument.
Josh Brown
May 21, 2013 Josh Brown rated it it was amazing
Traces the path of the GOP's current persecution complex from it's very inception. Quick wit throughout, I highly recommend it.
Oct 09, 2011 Greg added it
Shelves: non-fiction
Entertaining, if clearly biased, it did document the Republican party's descent into insanity
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