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Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy

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Outright Barbarous turns the spotlight on the rhetorical thuggery of the Right, exposing how the verbal excesses are being perpetrated not just by media blowhards like Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh but by conservative thought leaders. But Feldman does more than point fingers; he offers practical steps for cleaning up our too-often-toxic political discourse.”—Arianna Huffington

“Since 9/11, America has been contaminated by the violence of right-wing language, in the speeches of Republican politicians and the rantings of the talking heads on Fox News and on conservative talk radio. Jeffrey Feldman’s insightful and important book cuts through the violence, and shows how we can restore the democratic ideals that America was founded upon.”—Thom Hartmann

 “Jeffrey Feldman warns us to ignore the right wing noise machine at our own peril. Backed by right-wing think tanks, foundations and millionaire families, conservative standard bearers will continue to enrich themselves at the cost of a more civil, equitable society. Read Outright Barbarous to find out what they're really saying, and how we can stop it!"—Sam Seder

Since September 11, 2001, most attempts at reasoned political debate in America have been severely limited by the violent language of the Right. In books and on television, it has become a regular ritual for conservative pundits and intellectuals to infuse violence—particularly against Democrats or liberals—into discussions of the major issues of the day, such as terrorism, immigration and gun violence. The result is the creation of a shrill discourse that silences opposition and destroys any chance for serious, civil debate.

In Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy, political language expert Jeffrey Feldman analyzes the words of leading conservative figures Ann Coulter, Dinesh D’Souza, James Dobson, Wayne LaPierre, Pat Buchanan and Bill O’Reilly to show how the Right’s language of violence is polluting our public discourse and limiting the free exchange of ideas. In addition to exposing the conservative obsession with violence, Feldman also shows how the civic discussion in America can be reshaped without the use of violent language, creating a healthier political climate.

An expert on language and political messaging, Jeffrey Feldman is the author of Framing the Debate: Famous Presidential Speeches and How Progressives Can Use Them to Change the Conversation (and Win Elections.) He is also editor of the influential blog, Frameshop(http://frameshopisopen.com), and teaches at New York University.

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How the violent rhetoric of the Right has polluted political discourse in America

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Since September 11, 2001, political debate in America has been dominated by the violent language of the Right. In books and on television, it has become a regular ritual for conservative pundits to "joke"about the deaths of members of government, particularly if they are Democrats or liberals. And this type of violent rhetoric is not limited to the Ann Coulters of the world, but has been adopted by conservative politicians and intellectuals as well, creating a shrill discourse that silences opposition and destroys any chance for a serious debate of the issues.

In Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy, political language expert Jeffrey Feldman analyzes conservative writings and speeches to show how the Right's language of violence is polluting our civic discourse and limiting the free exchange of ideas. Included here are the words of leaders such as George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Rudolph Giuliani; pundits such as Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity; and intellectuals such as Dinesh D'Souza, James Dobson, and Newt Gingrich. In addition to exposing the conservative obsession with violence, Feldman also shows how the civic discussion in America can be reshaped without the violent imagery of the Right, creating a healthier political climate.

Jeffrey Feldmanis the author of Framing the Debate: Famous Presidential Speeches and How Progressives Can Use Them to Change the Conversation (and Win Elections). He is also editor of the influential blog Frameshop(http://frameshopisopen.com) and teaches at New York University.

About the Author

An expert on political rhetoric, Jeffrey Feldman is author of Framing the Debate: Famous Presidential Speeches and How Progressives Can Use Them to Change the Conversation (and Win Elections, and the Editor-in-Chief of the influential blog Frameshop(www.frameshopisopen.com).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780978843151
Author:
Feldman, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Ig Publishing
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
American
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Conservatism
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Conservatism -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Civics
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 in 8.5 oz

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How the violent rhetoric of the Right has polluted political discourse in America
"Synopsis" by , Since September 11, 2001, political debate in America has been dominated by the violent language of the Right. In books and on television, it has become a regular ritual for conservative pundits to "joke"about the deaths of members of government, particularly if they are Democrats or liberals. And this type of violent rhetoric is not limited to the Ann Coulters of the world, but has been adopted by conservative politicians and intellectuals as well, creating a shrill discourse that silences opposition and destroys any chance for a serious debate of the issues.

In Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy, political language expert Jeffrey Feldman analyzes conservative writings and speeches to show how the Right's language of violence is polluting our civic discourse and limiting the free exchange of ideas. Included here are the words of leaders such as George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Rudolph Giuliani; pundits such as Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity; and intellectuals such as Dinesh D'Souza, James Dobson, and Newt Gingrich. In addition to exposing the conservative obsession with violence, Feldman also shows how the civic discussion in America can be reshaped without the violent imagery of the Right, creating a healthier political climate.

Jeffrey Feldmanis the author of Framing the Debate: Famous Presidential Speeches and How Progressives Can Use Them to Change the Conversation (and Win Elections). He is also editor of the influential blog Frameshop(http://frameshopisopen.com) and teaches at New York University.

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