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.
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.
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
, 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.
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.
Freeman, op. cit., pp. 184-186.
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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Book title: The Politics of Unreason:Right Wing Extremism in America, 1790-1970.
Contributors: Seymour Martin Lipset - Author, Earl Raab - Author.
Publisher: Harper & Row.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1970.
Page number: 482.
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