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

By Seymour Martin Lipset; Earl Raab | Go to book overview

certain essential aspects of national social and political life which shaped political extremism in the nineteenth century continue to shape it today.


Notes
1.
T. V. Smith and Eduard C. Lindeman, The Democratic Way of Life ( New York: Mentor, 1951), p. 91.
2.
Edward A. Shils, The Torment of Secrecy ( Glencoe: The Free Press, 1956), p. 154.
3.
William Kornhauser, The Politics of Mass Society ( New York: The Free Press, 1959), pp. 102-107.
4.
The term "monism" has, of course, been used before in a political context. For example, Hans J. Morgenthau refers to "the monistic assumption of a monopoly of political truth vested in a minority . . ." in The Restoration of American Politics ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962), p. 74; and William Kornhauser develops a typology of political societies using the term op. cit., p. 105.
5.
Phyllis Schlafly, A Choice Not an Echo ( Alton, Ill.: Pere Marquette Press, 1964), p. 90.
6.
Elizabeth Linington, Come to Think of It ( Boston: Western Islands, 1965) p. 78. Dean Clarence Manion, Let's Face It ( South Bend, Ind.: Manion Forum, 1956), p. 8.
7.
This is a sample of 400 people who, in 1963, wrote letters to a U.S. Senator protesting a speech in which he attacked right-wing "extremism." A more detailed description of this sample is presented in Chapter 11.
8.
Manion, op. cit., p. 3.
9.
Verne Paul Kaub, Collectivism Challenges Christianity ( Madison, Wisc.: American Council of Christian Laymen, 1961). p. XV.
10.
Robert Welch, "With Two Revolutions at Once," American Opinion ( October 1965), p. 21.
11.
Schlafly, op. cit., p. 93.
12.
Dan Smoot, The Invisible Government ( Boston: Western Islands, 1962), p. 135.
13.
Manion, op. cit., p. 20.
14.
"90% of Students Are Backed by Welch," New York Times, December 7, 1969, p. 44.
15.
Sidney L. DeLove, The Quiet Betrayal ( Chicago: Independence Hall of Chicago, 1960), p. 33.
16.
Garet Garett, The People's Pottage ( Boston: Western Islands, 1965), p. 65.
17.
John Beaty, The Iron Curtain over America ( Barboursville, W. Va.: Chestnut Mountain Books, 1962), p. 157.
18.
Joseph R. McCarthy, America's Retreat from Victory ( Boston: Western Islands, 1965), p. 135.
19.
John A. Stormer, None Dare Call It Treason ( Florissant, Mo.: Liberty Bell Press, 1964), p. 93.
20.
Ezra Taft Benson, A Nation Asleep ( Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1963), p. 13.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xv
  • Notes xxiii
  • Chapter 1 Political Extremism 3
  • Notes 31
  • Chapter 2 Before the Civil War 34
  • Notes 67
  • Chapter 3 the Protestant Crusades from the Civil War to World War I 72
  • Notes 104
  • Chapter 4 the Bigoted Twenties 110
  • Notes 145
  • Chapter 5 the 1930's: Extremism of the Depression 150
  • Notes 202
  • Chapter 6 the 1950's: Mccarthyism 209
  • Notes 245
  • Chapter 7 the Era of the John Birch Society 248
  • Notes 282
  • Chapter 8 the Birch Society and Its Contemporaries: Social Base 288
  • Notes 333
  • Chapter 9 George Wallace and the New Nativism 338
  • Notes 373
  • Chapter 10 George Wallace: the Election and the Electorate 378
  • Notes 424
  • Chapter 11 Extremists and Extremism 428
  • Notes 482
  • Chapter 12 Political Extremism: Past and Future 484
  • Notes 515
  • Methodological Appendix to Chapter 11 517
  • Notes 522
  • General Index 525
  • Index of Proper Names 537
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