Want to Read A Sample Chapter?

A telegraph with the caption: "Hot off the Wire."

Hey! Remember this post? The one where I threatened promised to share some of the book I’ve been writing? I know you’ve been waiting on tenterhooks but now the wait is over. So put the tenterhooks away. Honestly, I don’t even know where you got those tenterhooks. Are those my tenterhooks? Did you borrow my tenterhooks without even asking me? Get your own tenterhooks!  Honestly, some people……

So, a few words about what I’m offering up on the sacrificial alter of the Internet. This is a first stab at a “sample chapter” which will eventually become part of a book proposal. According to Susan Labiner in Thinking Like Your Editor:

A sample chapter is not really a chapter at all. It looks and smells like a chapter, in that it usually runs about a chapter’s length and had a beginning, middle, and end. But like no chapter in the your final book, it succeeds by cannibalizing other chapters, stealing the best material in the book and presenting it in such a way as to showcase the dramatic potential of the book or the power of the argument, or the richness of the topic.

Did I do that? Who knows? Its a first draft and, as my freshman writing instructor told me college, “The first draft is supposed to be shit.” Or to be more hopeful: The first draft has the same relationship to the final draft as compost to roses.  So, follow the link and give it a read. If you want to send me comments  criticisms, please do so. These can range from large conceptual problems you see as well as spotting typos and formatting errors. There are undoubtedly a lot of problems. Tell me about them.

The Sample_Chapter

2 thoughts on “Want to Read A Sample Chapter?

  1. I can see how your research on how Willis Carto’s and Murray Rothbard’s writings influenced the development of the right-wing up to the Alt Right, played a strong role in your defenses of Democracy in Chains.

    I thought it interesting in the sample chapter that you touched on Rushdoony’s influence on FEE. Rushdoony influenced a huge part of the Christian Right and Gary North’s economic libertarian ideas also drive that movement; particularly since they have built a $5 billion infrastructure to promote economic libertarian ideas.

    But, your mentioning Rushdoony also shows how the various strands of the right-wing may link up, ideologically or narratively. Rushdoony and the Reconstructionists resurrected Dabney and view the Civil War as a religious struggle between an orthodox Christianity in the South and an ungodly North. And, this outlook corroborated what Randall Balmer reported about the origins of the Christian Right–that it was driven by opposition to school integration rather than opposition to abortion, which was the cover story.

    In your sample chapter, Rothbard defends the Confederate states on the grounds of economics and the right to secession. Thus, it would appear that the defense of slavery, the CSA, and opposition to civil rights, are marketed to different segments using different narratives.

    I am hoping your book is not going to cost an arm and a leg. Judging from the sample chapter, this will make a significant contribution to our understanding of right-wing politics. I am definitely looking forward to reading your book.

    And, recently some elements of the Alt Right are seeing Israel in a new light in what they see as the right of Jews to create an ethnostate in Israel. That, in and of itself, is an interesting development.


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