THIS ARTICLE ARGUES THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE BLAMED (THE WORKING-CLASS IN RUSSIA) WANT TO BLAME BACK: THAT THERE IS IN RUSSIA AN ENORMOUS RESERVIOR OF FREE-FLOATING RESENTMENT THAT IS SEEKING AN OBJECT. THE DISCUSSION OF THE DECEMBER ELECTION HAS MISSED THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS LESS FASCIST POLITICS THAN THE ABSENCE OF ANY GENUINE POLITICS AT ALL. FASCISM YOU CAN FIGHT, BUT HOW DO YOU MAKE POLITICS APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE? ZHIRINOVSKY HAS GIVEN THE DRIFTING RESENTMENTS OF ORDINARY RUSSIANS AN OUTLET. COMMUNISM WAS UNIQUE IN HUMAN HISTORY. IF SOMETHING TERRIBLE AND INHUMANE FOLLOWS IT, THAT SYSTEM WILL BE AS HARD TO RECOGNIZE AND AS HARD TO RESPOND TO, AS FASCISM WAS IN ITS TIME.
Howse reviews L'Obsession anti-americaine: Son fonctionnement, ses causes, ses inconsequences (The Anti-American Obsession: How It Operates, Its Causes, and Its Lack of Consequence) by Jean-Francois Revel.
"Examines the problem of rhetorical violence in American political discourse, and maps the history of one form, the politics of resentment. Investigates key events in American history that have led to a current culture of resentment"--Provided by publisher
Despite the growing body of scholarship urging congressional scholars to consider the racialization of Congress, little attention has been given to understanding how racial resentment impacts legislative behavior. To fill this gap, we ask if and how racial resentment within a member's home district influences the positions she takes on racially tinged issues in her press releases. Due to constituent influence, we expect legislators from districts with high levels of racial resentment to issue racially tinged press releases. Through an automated content analysis of more than fifty four thousand press releases from almost four hundred U.S. House members in the 114th Congress (2015–2017), we show that Republicans from districts with high levels of racial resentment are more likely to issue press releases that attack President Barack Obama. In contrast, we find no evidence of racial resentment being positively associated with another prominent Democratic white elected official, Hillary Clinton. Our results suggest that one reason Congress may remain racially conservative even as representatives' cycle out of office may be attributed to the electoral process.