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HAS AMERICA LOST ITS MARBLES? Television sensation Glenn Beck warns of White House plots to institute fascism, communism, and other terrifying “isms.” Radio titan Rush Limbaugh charges that a racist Obama regime encourages black schoolchildren to beat up white kids. Evangelical luminary James Dobson frets that Christians will be arrested for thought crimes and people will b HAS AMERICA LOST ITS MARBLES? Television sensation Glenn Beck warns of White House plots to institute fascism, communism, and other terrifying “isms.” Radio titan Rush Limbaugh charges that a racist Obama regime encourages black schoolchildren to beat up white kids. Evangelical luminary James Dobson frets that Christians will be arrested for thought crimes and people will be allowed to marry donkeys. Protesters in knickers and colonial-style hats march on Washington with signs that order Hitler-like caricatures of President Obama to return to Kenya. As madness reigns, pundits, politicians, and cab drivers debate the source of the hysteria. Some blame ignorance; some blame racism; some blame the economy.  After poring over mountains of political screeds and heedlessly subjecting himself to countless hours of Fox News, author Michael Wolraich discovered the secret formula that turns ordinary men and women into fire-breathing, smoke-blowing, right wing maniacs. It’s “persecution politics” . . again. In Blowing Smoke, Wolraich documents, dissects, and deconstructs the myths that underlie the right’s growing reliance on the politics of persecution, from Joe McCarthy to the Tea Party movement. In the process, he delivers an original and compelling hypothesis with penetrating insight and blistering wit. At turns hilarious, disturbing, and edifying, Blowing Smoke is a must-read account of modern American politics.  


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HAS AMERICA LOST ITS MARBLES? Television sensation Glenn Beck warns of White House plots to institute fascism, communism, and other terrifying “isms.” Radio titan Rush Limbaugh charges that a racist Obama regime encourages black schoolchildren to beat up white kids. Evangelical luminary James Dobson frets that Christians will be arrested for thought crimes and people will b HAS AMERICA LOST ITS MARBLES? Television sensation Glenn Beck warns of White House plots to institute fascism, communism, and other terrifying “isms.” Radio titan Rush Limbaugh charges that a racist Obama regime encourages black schoolchildren to beat up white kids. Evangelical luminary James Dobson frets that Christians will be arrested for thought crimes and people will be allowed to marry donkeys. Protesters in knickers and colonial-style hats march on Washington with signs that order Hitler-like caricatures of President Obama to return to Kenya. As madness reigns, pundits, politicians, and cab drivers debate the source of the hysteria. Some blame ignorance; some blame racism; some blame the economy.  After poring over mountains of political screeds and heedlessly subjecting himself to countless hours of Fox News, author Michael Wolraich discovered the secret formula that turns ordinary men and women into fire-breathing, smoke-blowing, right wing maniacs. It’s “persecution politics” . . again. In Blowing Smoke, Wolraich documents, dissects, and deconstructs the myths that underlie the right’s growing reliance on the politics of persecution, from Joe McCarthy to the Tea Party movement. In the process, he delivers an original and compelling hypothesis with penetrating insight and blistering wit. At turns hilarious, disturbing, and edifying, Blowing Smoke is a must-read account of modern American politics.  

30 review for Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies About the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior Into a Raging Homosexual

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nandakishore Varma

    I did not like this all that much when I read it a couple of years back, but recent links to "news" items shared by some conservatives on FB that the examples quoted in this book are mild instances of right-wing paranoia, compared to the gems given below: Hillary Admitted She And Obama Created ISIS – Caught on Tape! Hillary’s Plan To Kill Trump Revealed! No wonder conservatives believe that Trump will make America great again. They live in la-la land. I did not like this all that much when I read it a couple of years back, but recent links to "news" items shared by some conservatives on FB that the examples quoted in this book are mild instances of right-wing paranoia, compared to the gems given below: Hillary Admitted She And Obama Created ISIS – Caught on Tape! Hillary’s Plan To Kill Trump Revealed! No wonder conservatives believe that Trump will make America great again. They live in la-la land.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    This is a political book but it has a pretty good analysis of the lunatic right and its persecution complex which it uses on talk radio and on the internet to drive listeners into tightly wound right wing conspiracy fables. Persecution and paranoia are what conservatives retreat into when they don't have a leg to stand and add a healthy dose of projection and you have the right wing fact free bubble which is medium which caters to simple minded BS in the form of conspiracy theories about liberal This is a political book but it has a pretty good analysis of the lunatic right and its persecution complex which it uses on talk radio and on the internet to drive listeners into tightly wound right wing conspiracy fables. Persecution and paranoia are what conservatives retreat into when they don't have a leg to stand and add a healthy dose of projection and you have the right wing fact free bubble which is medium which caters to simple minded BS in the form of conspiracy theories about liberals, gays, minorities and how White Christian Conservatives are under dire threat from Gay Marriage, BLM, or Gun Grabbers. Persecution is a way to feel good about opposition to your fringe ideas. I am persecuted is the alibi of every loser who can't get their way and it works like a charm on the right.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    If you're wondering how Trump could have happened, you must read this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denicemarcell

    can't do an intense read, more of a skim all the while wondering do these people listen to themselves, i mean really *listen* as in HEAR what they are saying. i need to find my LP 1776 and put Cool Cool Conservative Men on repeat. not for the gavotte but for the words. though the gavotte would be needed gracefulness. Today yahoo news mentioned the debate about requiring photo id to vote. dems against, repbs for, must say i don't see what the fuss is, then i encounter people without ids everyday. r can't do an intense read, more of a skim all the while wondering do these people listen to themselves, i mean really *listen* as in HEAR what they are saying. i need to find my LP 1776 and put Cool Cool Conservative Men on repeat. not for the gavotte but for the words. though the gavotte would be needed gracefulness. Today yahoo news mentioned the debate about requiring photo id to vote. dems against, repbs for, must say i don't see what the fuss is, then i encounter people without ids everyday. really what is so difficult about carrying and producing when asked a 2x3 inch bit of plastic? am still plodding thru this to figure out why the right is so against health care its not like they are Christian Scientists. Not answered, its part of the paranoia.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book is an easy and thoroughly entertaining read. If you love the ranting of people like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, you will not be disappointed. I was laughing so much my husband came in to check on me while I was reading. A very fun and basic introduction into the world of the fanatical branches of conservative politics.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danns

    Yes, the title is a mouthful, but the content is easily digested and I thought well presented. The book takes a decent look at the history and psychology behind persecution politics. Ideas that give rise to severe divisive stances and ideological blockades even in the face of contrary evidence. Focus is on the current persecution espoused by the far right and how the prominent voices; Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Pat Buchannan, etc.; achieved their status in society today. Looking at similar issues Yes, the title is a mouthful, but the content is easily digested and I thought well presented. The book takes a decent look at the history and psychology behind persecution politics. Ideas that give rise to severe divisive stances and ideological blockades even in the face of contrary evidence. Focus is on the current persecution espoused by the far right and how the prominent voices; Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Pat Buchannan, etc.; achieved their status in society today. Looking at similar issues in the past, from the Red Scare to the Civil Rights movement and how those periods compare to today. What seems to have been the defining moment for what we see today is the IRS coming after the "Seg" schools. How from that challenge bloomed what we experience today. I found it very thought provoking and eye opening.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    not a bad, fun little read. Mostly a good primer on the right's paranoid, conspiracy driven style of persecution politics. But the Glenn Beck examples are already very dated and not as dangerously relevant as they seemed at the time the book came out two years ago. Rush and O'Reilly, sadly, still make hideous examples of themselves. Great chapter on the shift from commie baiting to homosexual threats. Strangely absent, though, are all mentions of Islamophobia.. I suppose if you are interested in not a bad, fun little read. Mostly a good primer on the right's paranoid, conspiracy driven style of persecution politics. But the Glenn Beck examples are already very dated and not as dangerously relevant as they seemed at the time the book came out two years ago. Rush and O'Reilly, sadly, still make hideous examples of themselves. Great chapter on the shift from commie baiting to homosexual threats. Strangely absent, though, are all mentions of Islamophobia.. I suppose if you are interested in conspiracy theories and their origin stories, this is a good a place to start as anywhere else. Just remember, federal agencies very regularly run out of paper for their entire departments....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cuyler

    A great book that takes a look where the anger on the right in America is coming from, and how everyone from the left to the right can combat the hidden bigotry and misinformation out there. I appreciate especially that while Wolraich admits that the ideas on the right are whack-job in nature, the actual people who believe in them are not. In fact, he specifically argues against calling conservatives and other right-wingers "crazy" or "insane", because this is not an individual problem; it's a r A great book that takes a look where the anger on the right in America is coming from, and how everyone from the left to the right can combat the hidden bigotry and misinformation out there. I appreciate especially that while Wolraich admits that the ideas on the right are whack-job in nature, the actual people who believe in them are not. In fact, he specifically argues against calling conservatives and other right-wingers "crazy" or "insane", because this is not an individual problem; it's a reflection of a larger problem in society.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Wow, this seems to be a case of major projection here - as if the left didn't peddle ridiculous conspiracy theories themselves. I have a lot of books to read, so whenever I want to read a bunch of poorly researched lies pushed by paranoid liberals, I will go ahead and pick this up. Because conservatives don't have any legitimate concerns at all. Oh no. And the liberals are just perfect - never wrong, never made a mistake - NEVER.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Spagnolo

    It's a well-researched, at times amusing, rational look at the right wing's perpetual cries of victimization. It mentions, but doesn't dwell on, various political figures and is centered on media figures and some in lobbying positions, think tanks, etc... Quotes and such are sited for easy fact checking, but that won't keep it from being unpalatable to those who choose to believe the "real-America"-is-being-persecuted mythology.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dan Gilbert

    Funny! Wolraich has a great sense of humor and, despite the seriousness of his topic, manages to get quite a few laughs in his method of presentation. His points are amply backed up by copious footnotes, giving the reader plenty of opportunity to verify any and all claims and statements he makes. Very enjoyable read. Very insightful. Very frustrating.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Az

    The citations. Oh, the citations, footnotes and source lists make my little geek heart sing. Just the right amount of snark; not so much that I want to punch him in the face, but not so dry as to be an 'acceptable' academic paper.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann Cardwell

    This tells the tactics of the extreme right in framing their rhetoric. While it gave an interesting insight into the subject, I had a hard time getting thru it because extended discussions of Bill O'Reilly, Glen Beck, etc., were very hard for me to stomach.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jillian O'connor

    Really good explanation of right-wing conspiracy thinking as an outcome of cognitive dissonance. Just enough snark to be entertaining without undermining his argument.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    Entertaining, if clearly biased, it did document the Republican party's descent into insanity

  16. 4 out of 5

    Josh Brown

    Traces the path of the GOP's current persecution complex from it's very inception. Quick wit throughout, I highly recommend it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amydee

    Absolutely amazing! Read for a class and it is so informative and entertaining. I couldn’t stop reading it. It contains a lot of information, well researched, well organized.... just amazing!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    Good: * Well researched and catalogued. Bad: * US centric, not very useful for readers from other countries.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Holder

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joe Hecker

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Tina Coley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Borchardt

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Rob Withers

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