Sunday, April 25, 2010

"Republican Gomorrah" by Max Blumenthal

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal's "Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party" examines the roots of the Religious Right and its rise to domination over the Republican Party. If you are interested in gaining additional insight into how the Republican Party works (or fails to work, as the case may be), then this is an invaluable book.

Blumenthal approaches the Religious Right through a lens formed in the study of totalitarian psychologies as described by Eric Hoffer and Eric Fromm. Blumenthal describes the roots of the movement in the Sixties and how it has led to some of the more bizarre aspects of the Republican Party.

Ever wonder how it is that a party that espouses the most virulent homophobic rhetoric is filled with (and led by) closeted homosexuals? Blumenthal's book is an incredibly lucid analysis of how the Religious Right's psychopathology led to this phenomenon.

Ever wonder how the incredibly ignorant and incompetent "half-governor" of Alaska rose to the leadership of the Republican Party? Ever wonder about her obsession with witchcraft and evangelical Christianity? It's all in here folks.

I highly recommend this book.

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