Nazis, Communists, Klansmen, and Others on the Fringe: Political Extremism in America

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Appendix II
PRINCIPAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE EXTREMES AND THE MAINSTREAM IN AMERICA: A HANDY GUIDE FOR EXTREMIST WATCHERS

Copyright 1968, 9th. revision 1991 by John George

(Remember: Extremism is more a matter of style and tactics than of goals.)

Common Characteristics of Left and Right Extremists
1. EXHIBIT ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY THEY HAVE THE TRUTH. Which,
among other items, is that
2.AMERICA IS CONTROLLED TO A GREAT EXTENT BY A CON-
SPIRATORIAL GROUP.
They believe this evil group to be very powerful
and in control of most nations. Thus, it is not surprising that, due mainly
to fear and frustration, extremists exhibit
3.HATRED OF OPPONENTS. Because these opponents (actually "enemies"
in the extremists' eyes) are seen as part of or sympathizers with "The Conspiracy,"
they deserve hatred and contempt. Due to these factors it is not surprising
that extremists have
4.LOW REGARD FOR OPEN SOCIETIES & THEREFORE LITTLE CON-
FIDENCE IN DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES.
Since they believe "The Con-
spiracy" has control of the world's major nations, extremists spurn compromise
and show a
5.WILLINGNESS TO DENY BASIC CIVIL LIBERTIES TO CERTAIN FEL-
LOW CITIZENS,
because enemies deserve no liberties. Therefore, extremists
have no qualms about resorting to
6.CONSISTENT INDULGENCE IN IRRESPONSIBLE ACCUSATIONS
AND CHARACTER ASSASSINATION,
such as calling fellow citizens Com-
munists, Insiders, Amoral Secular Humanists, Fascists, Nazis, Racists, etc.,
& constantly imputing wicked motives to those who oppose them.

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