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Many in the radical right, including the Tea Party, the militia movement, the Alt-right, Christian nationalists, the Oath Keepers, neo-Nazis, and a host of others, brand themselves as constitutional patriots. In The Alt-Right Constitution and Why It Matters, John E. Finn, one of America's leading constitutional scholars, argues that these professions of constitutional devo ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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David Wineberg
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve reviewed numerous books on the US Constitution, but Fracturing the Founders is the first to put it in perspective – what it means on the ground in the USA, to ordinary Americans. John Finn has written how the documents are twisted, perverted and abused by right wing special interest groups. The book is enormously accessible, with Finn interjecting his personal take in brackets, for entertaining capstones.

Alt-right and other extreme positions on the Constitution are an entire spe
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John
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from NetGalley. I appreciate Finn's efforts to deconstruct the right's warped view of the Constitution and the Founding, but I think at times the text falls victim to the trends which he is criticizing. He seems to advocate placing the pantheon of right-wing gods (Constitution, the Founders, original intent, etc.) on a shorter pedestal, but a pedestal nonetheless. Perhaps that is not his intent, but it struck me as making middle-of-the-road arguments when much more forc ...more
Beth
What a mind-bender. In looking at the constitutional viewpoint of radical right groups (the Alt-Right, the militia movement, etc.), Finn touches on some really warped ideas (such as the assertion that only those people who would've been considered citizens when the Constitution was written - aka white males - should still be considered citizens) while at the same time exposing the hypocrisy and lying of these groups.

I do think the book could've been laid out a little better: if Finn had explain
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Cristie Underwood
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author demonstrated how both Republicans and Democrats veer away from the Constitution and how the current political climate is nothing like what our Founding Fathers would have wanted. This was an interesting read!
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