The Politics of Unreason: Right Wing Extremism in America, 1790-1970

By Seymour Martin Lipset; Earl Raab | Go to book overview
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With respect to right-wing extremism, the available populations are those which exhibit some appropriate combination of these characteristics: (1) Common Democratic Commitment (low democratic restraint); (2) Quondam Complex; (3) Economic Conservatism. The circumstances of their availability, the mechanics of their politicalization, and the possibilities for social control must be seen in the framework of the total historical and psychosocial examination of right-wing extremism.

Philip E. Converse, "The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics," in David E. Apter, ed., Ideology and Discontent ( New York: The Free Press, 1964), p.207.
Ibid., p. 213.
See S. M. Lipset, Political Man ( New York: Doubleday, 1960), Chapter IV, "Working Class Authoritarianism," pp. 115-130.
J. L. Talmon, The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy ( New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1960), p. 2.
For a detailed analysis of differences, see Mildred A. Schwartz, Trends in White Attitudes towards Negroes ( Chicago: National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, 1967), pp. 113-134; and Paul B. Sheatsley, "White Attitudes toward the Negro," Daedalus, XCV (Winter 1966), 226.
Ibid., p. 228.
Donald Freeman, Religion and Southern Politics: The Political Behavior of Southern White Protestants (Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1964), pp. 184-185.
A more thorough analysis of the relative significance of religious affiliation and religious commitment is contained in the next section on anti-Semitism.
A thorough analysis of the American pattern of anti-Semitism, as revealed by this survey, has been made by Gertrude J. Selznick and Stephen Steinberg , The Tenacity of Prejudice ( New York: Harper & Row, 1969).
Charles Y. Glock and Rodney Stark, Christian Beliefs and Anti-Semitism ( New York: Harper & Row, 1966), p. 173.
Selznick and Steinberg, op. cit., p. 109. Liberal Protestants included Unitarians, Congregationalists, and Episcopalians. Conservative Protestants included Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Evangelical and Reform, Disciples of Christ, and sects.
Ibid., p. 111.
Freeman, op. cit., pp. 184-186.
Ibid., pp. 246-250.
Ibid., p. 252.
Ibid., p. 269. Emphasis ours.
William Kornhauser, The Politics of Mass Society ( New York: The Free Press, 1959), p. 60.
Morris Rosenberg, "The Meaning of Politics in Mass Society," Public Opinion Quarterly, XV ( 1951), 8.
Robert Lane, Political Life ( New York: Free Press, 1959), p. 104.


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