Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, by David Neiwert (Verso 2017)

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David Neiwert is reputed to be one of the leading commentators on the rise of the far right in America in recent years, seemingly emboldened by the emergence of Donald Trump and his legitimisation of white supremacy. This book is prescient in the context of the terror attack on the mosque in Christchurch in March, as we here in NZ are no longer immune from this kind of radicalisation in the time of the internet. The book is well researched, authoritative, clearly written, and extremely disturbing.
There are no simple solutions to this shift, and he says that 'reaching out' to the haters and the conspiracy theorists doesn't work. Only thrashing them at the ballot box, and in public discourse has any chance of stemming this tide.