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

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

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.


Notes
1.
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.
2.
Ibid., p. 213.
3.
Ibid.
4.
See S. M. Lipset, Political Man ( New York: Doubleday, 1960), Chapter IV, "Working Class Authoritarianism," pp. 115-130.
5.
J. L. Talmon, The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy ( New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1960), p. 2.
6.
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.
7.
Ibid., p. 228.
8.
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.
9.
A more thorough analysis of the relative significance of religious affiliation and religious commitment is contained in the next section on anti-Semitism.
10.
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).
11.
Charles Y. Glock and Rodney Stark, Christian Beliefs and Anti-Semitism ( New York: Harper & Row, 1966), p. 173.
12.
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.
13.
Ibid., p. 111.
14.
Freeman, op. cit., pp. 184-186.
15.
Ibid., pp. 246-250.
16.
Ibid., p. 252.
17.
Ibid., p. 269. Emphasis ours.
18.
William Kornhauser, The Politics of Mass Society ( New York: The Free Press, 1959), p. 60.
19.
Morris Rosenberg, "The Meaning of Politics in Mass Society," Public Opinion Quarterly, XV ( 1951), 8.
20.
Robert Lane, Political Life ( New York: Free Press, 1959), p. 104.

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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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