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Wingnuts: Extremism in the Age of Obama

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Wingnuts exist on the extreme edges of the political spectrum. They're the professional polarizers and the unhinged activists, the hardcore haters and the paranoid conspiracy theorists. They're people who always try to divide us instead of unite us. And at a time when the fringe is blurring with the base, they've hijacked American politics.
The Obama era has been a boom-ti
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Beast Books
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Malcolm Pellettier
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Mr. Avlon needs a re-think. There is no moral equivalence bn the left and the right. sorry.
John Birchers have taken over the Republican party so they're aim is some Ayn Rand cum theo-fascist dystopia. The lefty equivalent would be 19th century anarchists taking over the dems. period.

Moreover, mr. Avlon singularly fails to take into account the MASSIVE astro-turf nature of right-side insanity. Take away the money and the infrastrucure and the tea party is just a bunch of lonely basement bombshelt
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Rob
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first edition of this book was published in 2010, then updated in 2014. At the last update, Donald Trump wasn't even on the radar of most political observers. He is mentioned just once in this edition, as a prominent spokesman for the Birther movement. But Trump is all over is this book in spririt and, if it proves anything, it proves that Trump is more of a symptom of what ails the American political scene than the leader of any new "movement."

Avlon, a writer and editor for The Daily Beast,
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Michael Laflamme
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fresh air at last!

Finally, an author who truly understands the nature of the wings of U. S. opinion. A balanced, well-reasoned, analysis. Deep enough for a close rereading.
Connie Glasgow
So glad to be done - now I know why politics are not my favorite. YUCK!
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Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
John Avon and his team lay out the current US political landscape years in advance. Great read, well researched and enlightening. Worth your time.
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John Phillips Avlon (born 1973) is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America. He was a columnist and associate editor for The New York Sun and worked as chief speechwriter for former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He was Director of Speechwriting and Deputy Policy Director for Giuliani's 2008 presidentia ...more

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