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Now, here’s Buzz’s review:
This is an explosive book that gets to the heart of the winger psychoses. Max Blumenthal sees the inner truth that “many of the [right wing] movement’s leading figures are united by more than political campaigns; they are bound together by a shared sensibility rooted in private trauma. Their lives have been stained by crisis and scandal — depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, attraction to drugs and pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder.”
And that’s for starters.
“Inspired by the work of psychologist Erich Fromm, who analyzed how the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right.”
At BuzzFlash, we are a bit proud of Max, because when he was starting out, he was a night editor for us. Since then, he’s gone onto distinguish himself as a journalist who regularly exposes the dark inner psychoses of the right wing in both print and video.
“Republican Gomorrah” is a 365-page exposé into the ironic fact that those who wrap themselves in the flag fear freedom the most because of their own personal demons and insecurities, making them pathologically supportive of an authoritarian state that can provide them with the emotional security of being a cog in a machine of a white Christian hierarchical machine.
This is a fascinating, incisive and groundbreaking book that explores the needy and fractured psyhological drive that propels so many wingers into a sort of mad need for tyranny, while claiming they are defending freedom.
It’s an irony that could prove fatal to America, if we don’t understand it as Max Blumenthal has revealed it.
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