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The Extreme Right in Europe and the USA
The Extreme Right in Europe and the USA
Edited by Paul Hainsworth
St. Martin's, 1992, 320 pp.

A collection of uneven essays by European political scientists on the vicissitudes of the extreme right in various European countries and the United States, this topical study emphasizes that for all the national differences, the extreme right (which in the United States is unpersuasively defined as moving from the Ku Klux Klan to David Duke) has common themes: fanatic hostility to immigrants, chauvinism and anger at the normal political process. The authors emphasize how mainstream parties often absorb some of the right-wing demands, but do not take seriously enough the subliminally intimidating effects of these self-righteous rightists.