12One of the broad confirmations resulting from an examination
of right-wing extremism in America is that it is not itself subject to interpretation through diabolism. Extremist movements are not primarily the
product of extremists. The critical ranks in extremist movements are not
composed of evil-structured types called "extremists," but rather of ordinary
people caught in certain kinds of stress. Some of the more dramatically
diabolic aspects of extremism, such as bigotry and conspiracy theory,
are not so much the source of extremism as its baggage. In looking for the
points at which countermeasures might be applied by society, the constant
design of right-wing extremism in America might be mapped in this way:
Political Extremism: Past and Future
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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: 484.
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