New Arrivals · Politics

January 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The resistible rise of Benjamin Netanyahu

January 20, 2017
Lochery, Neill, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xiii, 378 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- Rise. Interview ; Madrid ; Earthquake -- Opposition. Rebuilding ; Dangerous games ; Dark nights -- Arrival. Election night ; Campaign ; Cheques -- Power. Arafat's hand ; Hebron ; Wye -- Decline. Deal breaker ; Home ; End -- Exile. Loss ; Father ; Invisible ; False start -- Return. Invitation ; November ; Finance ; Separation -- King. The speech ; Challenge ; Relationships ; Protests -- Comeback. Indeed ; Hail ; D-Day -- Postscript. A stranger in a strange land.
One of the longest-serving Prime Ministers of Israel, Netanyahu has been at the very centre of Arab-Israeli politics since 1990, when he became the telegenic Israeli spokesman for CNN's coverage of the Persian Gulf War, arguably ushering in the Americanization of the Israeli media. Using the juncture of the Oslo Accords to take the reader back to Netanyahu's formative years, Lochery chronicles not only the Prime Minister's life but also the issues his career has encompassed, from the rise of militant Islam to the politics of oil, and the changing role of the U.S. in the Middle East.

Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa

January 20, 2017
Steele, Philip, 1948- author.
St. Catharines, ON ; New York, NY : Crabtree Publishing Company, 2017.
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
Explores the global issues surrounding the politics, conflict, and violence of revolution and change in recent years in these regions.

Gender politics

January 19, 2017
116 pages ; 24 cm.
US women trail the world in political equality / Mia Bush -- The gender pay gap remains consistent over the last decade / Council of Economic Advisors -- The gender pay gap is not due to discrimination / Howard J. Wall and Alyson Reed -- A universal basic income would provide opportunities for parents / Anna Oman -- Sexism prevents gender equality in the music industry / Stacie Huckeba -- Women's voices are silenced in the tech industry / Vivian Maidaborn -- Ethnic minority women are excluded in the workplace / Human Wrongs Watch -- Women in power are constrained by clothing choices / Jane Goodall -- Educating girls and women has huge payoffs / Lori S. Ashford -- Girls are outperforming boys in school / The Economist -- Female infanticide is leading to a world of "missing women" / Manisha Sharma -- Women are using social media to combat violence against women in elections / Gabrielle Bardall -- Organizations to contact.

A consequential president : the legacy of Barack Obama

January 19, 2017
D'Antonio, Michael, author.
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ending the Great Recession : it was the economy, stupid -- Auto industry rescue : "the doomsayers were wrong" -- Health care reform : saving Spike Dolomite -- Energy : sun, wind, and market forces -- Environment : saving the planet -- Foreign policy : Obama's world -- Education : racing to the top -- Financial reform : boring is better -- Equality : expectations, limits, progress -- Unfinished business (and failures) -- Postscript: the benefits of cool -- Addendum: Antagonism and false alarms.
Recounts the accomplishments of President Obama during his eight years in office, considering his major successes and how he was able to govern while facing both racial hostility and unrealistic expectations.

The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama

January 12, 2017
Ifill, Gwen.
New York : Anchor Books, 2009.
300 pages ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword"--Cover.
Breaking through -- The generational divide -- Barack Obama -- The race/gender clash -- Artur Davis -- Legacy politics -- Cory Booker -- The politics of identity -- Deval Patrick -- The next wave.
The Breakthrough is a remarkable look at contemporary politics and an essential foundation for understanding the future of American democracy in the age of Obama.

What is populism?

January 11, 2017
Müller, Jan-Werner, 1970- author.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2016]
123 pages ; 23 cm

Political participation and voting rights

January 10, 2017
Lansford, Tom, author.
Broomall, PA : Mason Crest, 2017.
64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Political participation -- Challenges to political participation -- Elections -- Voting rights -- Challenges to voting rights -- Further reading -- Series glossary -- Index.
Discusses how a government of the people requires its citizens to provide regular input on policies and decisions through consultations and voting.

Rules for revolutionaries : how big organizing could change everything

January 6, 2017
Bond, Becky, author.
xx, 200 pages ; 22 cm
You won't get a revolution if you don't ask for one -- The revolution will not be handed to your on a silver platter -- The revolution will not be staffed -- Fighting racism must be at the core of the message to everyone -- Get on the phone! -- The work is distributed. The plan is centralized -- The revolution will be funded, by small donations -- Barnstorm! -- Fighting the tyranny of the annoying -- Give away your passwords -- Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the big -- Learn the basics of good management -- If there are no nurses, I don't want to be part of your revolution -- Grow complexity by solving problems as they arise -- Only hire staff who embrace the rule "the revolution will not be staffed" -- Best practices become worst practices -- The revolution is not just bottom up; it's peer to peer -- Repeat "Rinse and repeat" -- There is no such thing as a single issue revolution -- Get ready for the counterrevolution (to include your friends) -- Put consumer software at the center -- People new to politics make the best revolutionaries.
"Rules for Revolutionaries is a bold challenge to the political establishment and the "rules" that govern campaign strategy. It tells the story of a breakthrough experiment conducted on the fringes of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign: A technology-driven team empowered volunteers to build and manage the infrastructure to make seventy-five million calls, launch eight million text messages, and hold more than one-hundred thousand public meetings--in an effort to put Bernie Sanders's insurgent campaign over the top. Bond and Exley, digital iconoclasts who have been reshaping the way politics is practiced in America for two decades, have identified twenty-two rules of "Big Organizing" that can be used to drive social change movements of any kind. And they tell the inside story of one of the most amazing grassroots political campaigns ever run. Fast-paced, provocative, and profound, Rules for Revolutionaries stands as a liberating challenge to the low expectations and small thinking that dominates too many advocacy, non-profit, and campaigning organizations--and points the way forward to a future where political revolution is truly possible." -- Publisher's description

The complete infidel's guide to Iran

January 5, 2017
Spencer, Robert, 1962- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2016]
xviii, 361 pages ; 23 cm
An Iran timeline -- Introduction -- "The ultimate screwing": The Iran nuclear deal -- "We welcome war with the US": Iran's ambition to conquer the world for Islam -- "Wherever a movement is Islamic, populist, and anti-American, we support it": Iran's Middle East adventurism -- "Israel will go, it must not survive, and it will not": Iran's all-consuming hatred for Israel -- "I am Cyrus, King of the World": One of the world's great civilizations -- "Islam says, kill them": The Islamic Revolution -- "The Middle East is going to have to overcome that": Shi'ite Islam and the Sunni-Shi'ite Jihad -- "In Iran, nothing is what it seems": Life inside the Islamic Republic -- "I will not submit to this dangerous charade": Iran's green revolution -- "If you want peace, prepare for war": What can be done about Iran.
The author of "The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS" and "The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran" returns with the sharp wit and boundless courage needed to expose the oncoming storm from Iran.

The permission society : how the ruling class turns our freedoms into privileges and what we can do about it

January 5, 2017
Sandefur, Timothy, author.
xi, 267 pages ; 24 cm
Charters of liberty granted by power -- The free society versus the permission society -- Prior restraint of speech -- Economics and prior restraint -- The competitor's veto -- The right to use private property -- Guns, drugs, and sex -- The future of permission.

The vanquished : why the First World War failed to end

January 5, 2017
Gerwarth, Robert, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
446 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2016 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Pengin Books, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Part I: Defeat -- 1. A Train Journey in Spring -- 2. Russian Revolutions -- 3. Brest-Litovsk -- 4. The Taste of Victory -- 5. Reversals of Fortune -- Part II: Revolution and Counter-Revolution -- 6. No End to War -- 7. The Russian Civil Wars -- 8. The Apparent Triumph of Democracy -- 9. Radicalization -- 10. Fear of Bolshevism and the Rise of Fascism -- Part III: Imperial Collapse -- 11. Pandora's Box : Paris and the Problem of Empire -- 12. Reinventing East-Central Europe -- 13. Vae Victis -- 14. Fiume -- 15. From Smyrna to Lausanne -- Epilogue: The "Post-War" and Europe's Mid-Century Crisis.
"An epic, groundbreaking account of the ethnic and state violence that followed the end of World War I--conflicts that would shape the course of the twentieth century. For the Western allies, November 11, 1918 has always been a solemn date--the end of fighting that had destroyed a generation, and also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of the principal enemies: the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. But for much of the rest of Europe this was a day with no meaning, as a nightmarish series of conflicts would soon engulf country after country. In The Vanquished, a highly original and gripping work of history, Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of the First World War. In large part it was not the fighting on the Western Front that proved so ruinous to Europe's future, but the devastating aftermath, in which countries on both sides of the original conflict were savaged by revolutions, pogroms, mass expulsions, and further major military clashes. In the years immediately after the armistice, millions would die across central, eastern, and southeastern Europe before the Soviet Union and a series of rickety and exhausted small new states came into being. It was here, in the ruins of Europe, that extreme ideologies such as fascism would take shape and ultimately emerge triumphant. As absorbing in its drama as it is unsettling in its analysis, The Vanquished is destined to transform our understanding of not just the First World War but the twentieth century as a whole"--Provided by publisher.

Game of queens : the women who made sixteenth-century Europe

January 5, 2017
Gristwood, Sarah, author.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
xxxi, 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. From Isabella of Castile and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, women wielded enormous power over their territories for more than a hundred years. In the sixteenth century, as in our own, the phenomenon of the powerful woman offered challenges and opportunities. Opportunities, as when in 1529 Margaret of Austria and Louise of Savoy negotiated the "Ladies' peace" of Cambrai. Challenges, as when both Mary Queen of Scots and her kinswoman Elizabeth I came close to being destroyed by sexual scandal. A fascinating group biography of some of the most beloved (and reviled) queens in history, Game of Queens tells the story of the powerful women who drove European history"-- Provided by publisher.

America, the owner's manual : you can fight City Hall--and win

January 3, 2017
Graham, Bob, 1936- author.
xxiv, 300 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

How will capitalism end? : essays on a failing system

December 29, 2016
Streeck, Wolfgang, 1946- author.
London : Verso, 2016.
x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
How will capitalism end? -- The crises of democratic capitalism -- Citizens as customers: considerations on the new politics of consumption -- The rise of the European consolidation state -- Markets and people: democratic capitalism and European integration -- Heller, Schmitt and the euro -- Why the euro divides Europe -- Comment on Wolfgang Merkel, 'Is capitalism compatible with democracy?' -- How to study contemporary capitalism? -- On Fred Block, 'Varieties of what? Should we still be using the concept of capitalism?' -- The public mission of sociology.
"In How Will Capitalism End? the acclaimed analyst of contemporary politics and economics Wolfgang Streeck argues that capitalism is now in a critical condition."-- Provided by publisher.

Black square : adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine

December 22, 2016
Pinkham, Sophie, author.
xv, 288 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain under the title Black Square: Adventures in the Post-Soviet World" -- title page verso.
New worlds. The Paris of Siberia ; Resurrection ; City of gardens, city of ravines ; Men's day -- Living together. Buckwheat and rye ; Carpathian cowboys ; The people's music ; The last Jew in Stalindorf ; The kingdom of the dead -- Revolution. Dreaming of Europe ; Are you alive, brother? ; Masks and monuments ; Reunion ; The wild steppe -- War and peace. Heroes don't die ; Crashing ; New Year in Kiev ; Rocket city ; Victory day.
"This captivating and original narrative blends politics, history, and reportage in a street-level account of a vexing and troubled region. In the tradition of Elif Batuman and Ian Frazier, Black Square presents an evocative, multidimensional portrait of Ukrainian life under the shadow of Putin. In vivid, original prose, Sophie Pinkham draws us into the fascinating lives of her contemporaries--a generation that came of age after the fall of the USSR, only to see protestors shot on Kiev's main square, Maidan; Crimea annexed by Russia; and a bitter war in eastern Ukraine. Amid the rubble, Pinkham tells stories that convey a youth culture flourishing within a tragically corrupt state. We meet a charismatic, drug-addicted doctor helping to smooth the transition to democracy, a Bolano-esque art gallerist prone to public nudity, and a Russian Jewish clarinetist agitating for Ukrainian liberation. With a deep knowledge of Slavic literature and a keen, outsider's eye for the dark absurdity of post-Soviet society, Pinkham delivers an indelible impression of a country on the brink."--Provided by publisher.

Crown of blood : the deadly inheritance of Lady Jane Grey

December 21, 2016
Tallis, Nicola, author.
New York : Pegasus Books Ltd, 2016.
xxiv, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, portraits, facsimiles, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
A time to be born and a time to die -- Rejoiced all true hearts -- Anyone more deserving of respect -- The imperial crown -- A loving and kind father -- A second court of right -- Ruled and framed towards virtue -- She did never love her after -- I think myself in Hell -- Godly instruction -- A comely, virtuous and goodly gentleman -- The first act of a tragedy -- Long live the Queen! -- Falsely styled queen -- Jana non regina -- Shut up in the tower -- Jane of Suffolk deserved death -- Justice is an excellent virtue -- Fear not for any pain -- Liberty of the Tower -- The permanent ruin of the ancient house of Grey -- Bound by indissoluble ties -- I am come hither to die -- God and posterity will show me favour -- Appendix 1: The queen without a face: portraits of Lady Jane Grey -- Appendix 2: Jane's debate with Dr John Feckenham -- Appendix 3: Following in Jane's footsteps: places to visit.
"'Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.' These were the heartbreaking words of a seventeen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold on a cold February morning in 1554. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to the Crown that the axe could fall at any time. Jane is known to history as 'the Nine-Day Queen,' but her reign lasted, in fact, for thirteen days. The human and emotional aspects of her story have often been ignored, although she is remembered as one of the Tudor Era's most tragic victims. While this is doubtlessly true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane's story. She was a remarkable individual with a charismatic personality who earned the admiration and affection of many of those who knew her. Furthermore, the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements has actually further obscured the real Jane: a young religious radical who saw herself as an advocate of the reformed faith--Protestantism--and ultimately became a martyr for it."--Dust jacket.

Batman : a celebration of the classic TV series

December 20, 2016
Garcia, Robert, author.
255 pages : colour illustrations ; 33 cm.
Introduction: A celebration of Batman -- The command at ABC: Batman on TV -- Semple writing Batman: as only he can -- Hiring the Batman case: they made the show last - Using Irwin Allen's props, to make screen tests tops -- Fox's commitment, Fitzsimons' fulfillment -- Bringing comics to screen: a visual treat in every scene -- A quick way needed from manor to cave, there are endangered citizens to save! -- The fans must race about the new Batcave -- Neal Hefti writes that strong, Grammy-winning theme song -- Barris Custom builds a Batmobile with that perfect Bob Kane feel -- The Batmobile's tricks, made everyone fanatics -- Batmobile on tour: showed thousands the cars' allure -- Robert Butler so totally "got it," he & Semple were a perfect fit -- Saving time and money, with bif, bang, & zowie! -- William Dozier agreed to narrate, Desmond Doomsday was great -- ABC's marketing is top notch, making Batman the show to watch -- Hiring producer Horwitz to create a scripting blitz -- TV history was made, Horwitz's team really knew their trade -- Desilu-Culver move required a new crew to be hired -- Batman's huge debut brings much hullabaloo -- Little first season scenes from "finks" to "fiends" -- Burt as Robin was ideal he play the role with zeal -- Holy is Robin's go-to phrase, he says it in so many ways -- Catwoman is a wow, Julie Newmar take a bow -- Frank Gorshin is the one to make Riddler loads of fun -- Cesar Romero is a win, the Joker always makes us grin -- Burgess Meredith makes us chortle, his Penguin is immortal -- The second season starts, includes episodes in three parts -- Horwitz builds a reliable staff who wrote scripts for a good laugh -- New directors got ready, keeping production steady -- The cast & crew loved all the many fans, even with their wacky plans -- Makeup & wardrobe tales from penguins to dusty trails -- Film sets, first aid & showers cause shooting to take extra hours -- A strange prop each day kept Krizman at play -- With cameos & invited guests Batman picked from Hollywood's best -- Guest stars recall their best moments overall -- Stuntmen Kerns & Paul Dare to make stunts that really scare -- Fighting crime on land, sea & air, Batman brings Batcycle & more to bear -- Batgirl makes comics debut, then to TV in luminous purple hue -- Bruce Lee paid a visit, shows Ward his fighting spirit -- Adding high heels & kicks to stunts long fixed -- Season had begun, it was Batman's final run -- The final nine eps finish strong, before cast & crew say "so long" -- Culver City says goodbye Batman goes out on a high -- An inspiration to modern writers & movie-producing fighters -- Episode guide: Season one -- Episode guide: Season two -- Episode guide: Season three.
KA-POW! This is the book Bat-Fans have been waiting for! For the first time, the classic 1960s TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo Batman and Robin gets the lavish, in-depth coffee table book tribute it so richly deserves. From the Rogues Gallery of Villains, including the Penguin, the Joker and Catwoman, to the car every kid wanted - the Batmobile - it's all here!

A path to peace : a brief history of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and a way forward in the Middle East

December 15, 2016
Mitchell, George J. (George John), 1933- author.
x, 258 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Leaders in disagreement -- Early conflict -- Moving in opposite directions -- From Madrid to Camp David -- Annapolis -- Contested territory -- Overcoming the trust deficit -- Much process, no progress -- Isratine -- A path to peace.
The answer to why Israel and Palestine's attempts at negotiation have failed and a practical roadmap for bringing peace to this complicated, troubled region. George Mitchell knows how to bring peace to troubled regions. He was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland. But when he served as US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011--working to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--diplomacy did not prevail. Now, for the first time, Mitchell offers his insider account of how the Israelis and the Palestinians have progressed (and regressed) in their negotiations through the years and outlines the specific concessions each side must make to finally achieve lasting peace.

The pursuit of power : Europe 1815-1914

December 13, 2016
Evans, Richard J., author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
xxiv, 819 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The legacies of revolution -- The paradoxes of freedom -- The European spring -- The social revolution -- The conquest of nature -- The age of emotion -- The challenge of democracy -- The wages of empire.
Examines the century between the fall of Napoleon and the outbreak of World War I, discussing events ranging from the crumbling of the Spanish, Ottoman, and Mughal empires and the rise of British imperial ambition to the violent revolution in Spain and the unifications of Germany and Italy.

Rasputin : faith, power, and the twilight of the Romanovs

December 9, 2016
Smith, Douglas, 1962- author.
xx, 817 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: The Holy Devil? -- Holy pilgrim: 1869-1904 -- Our friend: 1905-1909 -- Scandals: 1910-1911 -- A time of miracles: 1912-July 1914 -- War: July 1914-1915 -- The final year: 1916 -- The aftermath: 1917-1918 -- Epilogue.
"The definitive biography of Rasputin, spiritual guide to the Romanovs and source of great political intrigue, based on many new documents"-- Provided by publisher.

Alexander Hamilton : the illustrated biography

December 8, 2016
Sylla, Richard Eugene, author.
New York : Sterling, [2016]
xv, 272 : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm.
Maps on end pages.
Introduction: Emerging from the shadows -- Part one: Hamilton in the sun. Immigrant ; Soldier ; Reformer ; Legislator ; Constitutionalist ; Secretary of the treasury ; Abolitionist ; Major general ; Last years -- Part two: Legacies. Hamilton and the development of America ; Hamilton's impact on world history -- Epilogue: Goals and achievements.
"Meet the founding father who made America modern... An immigrant from the West Indies, he played a crucial part in the political, legal, and economic development of the new nation: He served as Washington&#x;s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War; he helped establish the Constitution; he wrote most of The Federalist Papers; and he modernized America&#x;s fledgling finances, among other notable achievements. Noted Hamilton scholar and chairman of the Museum of American Finance, Richard Sylla, brings the flesh-and-blood man&#x;student, soldier, lawyer, political scientist, finance minister, and politician&#x;to life and reveals captivating details of his private life as well as his infamous demise at the hands of Vice President Aaron Burr..."--provided by publisher.

Our revolution : a future to believe in

December 8, 2016
Sanders, Bernard, author.
450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
How do we turn out the way we do? -- My political life in Vermont -- Thinking about running -- How do you run a presidential campaign? -- The campaign begins -- On the campaign trail -- Defeating oligarchy -- The decline of the American middle class -- Ending a rigged economy -- Health care for all -- Making higher education affordable -- Combating climate change -- Real criminal justice reform -- Immigration reform now -- Protecting our most vulnerable -- Corporate media and the threat to our democracy.
"In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all -- and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on."--Provided by publisher.

The Spartan regime : its character, origins, and grand strategy

December 8, 2016
Rahe, Paul Anthony, author.
xvi, 212 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction, The allure of Lacedaemon -- Prologue, The Spartan enigma -- Paideía -- Politeía -- Conquest -- Politics and geopolitics -- Conclusion, A grand strategy for Lacedaemon -- Appendix 1, Land tenure in archaic Sparta -- Appendix 2, The néoi at Sparta.

Thank you for being late : an optimist's guide to thriving in the age of accelerations

December 7, 2016
Friedman, Thomas L., author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2016]
486 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Part I: Reflecting. Thank you for being late -- Part II: Accelerating. What the hell happened in 2007? ; Moore's law ; The supernova ; The market ; Mother Nature -- Part III: Innovating. Just too damned fast ; Turning AI into IA ; Control vs. Kaos ; Mother Nature as political mentor ; Is God in cyberspace? ; Always looking for Minnesota ; You can go home again (and you should!) -- Part IV: Anchoring. From Minnesota to the world and back.
"Thomas Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts."--Provided by publisher.

Hate spin : the manufacture of religious offense and its threat to democracy

December 6, 2016
George, Cherian, author.
xviii, 308 pages ; 24 cm.
Hate spin as politics by other means -- By what rules?: Human rights and religious authority -- God, Google, and the globalization of offendedness -- India: Narendra Modi and the harnessing of hate -- Indonesia: Democracy tested amid rising religious intolerance -- United States: Exceptional freedoms, fabricated fears -- Pushing back, through media and civil society -- Assertive pluralism for a world of irreducible diversity.
In the United States, elements of the religious right fuel fears of an existential Islamic threat, spreading anti-Muslim rhetoric into mainstream politics. In Indonesia, Muslim absolutists urge suppression of churches and minority sects, fostering a climate of rising intolerance. In India, Narendra Modi's radical supporters instigate communal riots and academic censorship in pursuit of their Hindu nationalist vision. Outbreaks of religious intolerance are usually assumed to be visceral and spontaneous. But in Hate Spin, Cherian George shows that they often involve sophisticated campaigns manufactured by political opportunists to mobilize supporters and marginalize opponents. Right-wing networks orchestrate the giving of offense and the taking of offense as instruments of identity politics, exploiting democratic space to promote agendas that undermine democratic values. George calls this strategy "hate spin" -- a double-sided technique that combines hate speech (incitement through vilification) with manufactured offense-taking (the performing of righteous indignation). It is deployed in societies as diverse as Buddhist Myanmar and Orthodox Christian Russia. George looks at the world's three largest democracies, where intolerant groups within India's Hindu right, America's Christian right, and Indonesia's Muslim right are all accomplished users of hate spin. He also shows how the Internet and Google have opened up new opportunities for cross-border hate spin. George argues that governments must protect vulnerable communities by prohibiting calls to action that lead directly to discrimination and violence. But laws that try to protect believers' feelings against all provocative expression invariably backfire. They arm hate spin agents' offense-taking campaigns with legal ammunition. Anti-discrimination laws and a commitment to religious equality will protect communities more meaningfully than misguided attempts to insulate them from insult.

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