Wingnuts: Extremism in the Age of Obama

Wingnuts: Extremism in the Age of Obama by John Avlon 0991247604 9780991247608
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Wingnuts exist on the extreme edges of the political spectrum. Theyre the professional polarizers and the unhinged activists, the hardcore haters and the paranoid conspiracy theorists. Theyre people who always try to divide us instead of unite us. And at a time when the fringe is blurring with the base, theyve hijacked American politics.

The Obama era has been a boom-time for Wingnuts, kicked off by a financial collapse and the election Americas first black president. For some, losing an election feels like living under tyranny. John Avlon tracks down preachers who pray for the presidents death, goes inside the growing "Hatriot" militia movement, and identifies the fright-wing swamp where the Obama "Birthers" and the Bush-era "9/11 Truthers" bubble up.

Wingnuts echo earlier fear-fueled movements in American history. But bolstered by the rise of hyper-partisan media, the Wingnut echo chamber is more influential than ever before and it has led directly to the division and dysfunction in Congress. Avlon asserts that the time has come for the moderate majority of Americans to straighten their civic backbone and hold the extremes accountable while restoring a sense of perspective to our politics.

Author: John Avlon

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: Beast Books

Publication Date: 2014-08-12


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