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Richard Delgado on the Politics of Fear

Professor Richard Delgado's newest book, The Politics of Fear: How Republicans Use Money, Race, and the Media to Win, has been published by Paradigm Publishers. From the publisher:
What explains the electoral success of Republicans, particularly of the ascendant neoconservatives who now dominate the party? Based on a thorough and up-to-date examination of the New Right over twenty-five years, The Politics of Fear (Paradigm Publishers 2006) proposes some provocative answers, including globalization, new technologies, and a far-reaching network of right-wing think tanks and foundations. As the authors show, all have opened the doors to a new politics of fear successfully waged by the neoconservatives. By manipulating insecurity, the New Right has created an extraordinarily successful populist conservative movement. Utilizing extensive documentation, the authors argue convincingly that the fear of immigrants and racial minorities has served as the most effective tactic in the GOP arsenal, while its approach also implicates gays, feminists, and terrorists. The book explains why Americans have willingly supported a party that promises them security, just as it delivers greater economic and political insecurity. The authors argue that, despite their striking political successes, neoconservatives have delivered to voters a set of policies harmful to working Americans in the way of regressive tax measures, military exploits, tort reform, deregulation, and environmental destruction.
The book is co-authored with Manuel G. Gonzales, who is Professor of History at Diablo Valley College and adjunct professor of history at California State University, East Bay.
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