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UFPPC (www.ufppc.

org) Digging Deeper XXIX @ Mandolin Café (Tacoma, WA) April


2, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Gerry Spence, Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power: The Rise and
Risks of the New Conservative Hate Culture (New York: St. Martin’s Press,
2006).

Acknowledgments. Agent, editor, brother-in- in the U.S. (93-95). People don’t read books
law, wife, brother, friends. (95-97). Corporations control the press (97-
99). Most Americans get their news from right-
A Beginning Thought. We have become “a wing-controlled sources (99-101). This
hate-addicted culture” (xii). translates into political power (101-02).
Government surveillance (103-09). Founders’
Ch. 1: Hate Sells: Meet Its Prime Peddler,
fear of democracy (109-11; Spence
Nancy Grace. Of Court TV, and CNN’s
misidentifies the Declaration of Independence
reporter on the Michael Jackson trial (2-16).
as “the Bill of Rights” [111]). The true élitists
Ch. 2: The Queen of Hate: Ann Coulter. A are the corporations (111-15). ACLU (115-17).
“media creature” who engenders violence; Americans “chiefly uninformed” (118).
seems to believe what she says (17-24).
Ch. 8: The Ghost of Goebbels,
Ch. 3: Hate, the Road to Power, and the Propaganda, and the Rock-Hard Right.
Elitists of Laura Ingraham. Talk radio host Energy of hate is key to power of the extreme
who attacks “the élitists” (24-32).. “[T]he right (119-23). Deprivation of rights after 9/11
public is angry . . . the media business is . . . a strange and disturbing aberration (123-27).
conscious of this phenomenon” (25). Joseph Goebbels (who like Bill O’Reilly,
Americans lack trust; “[w]e’ve turned into a considered himself a moderate) (127-33).
paranoid nation” (38; 32-38). Government is packaging the news (133-37).

Ch. 4: For I Have Sinned: The Saga of Bill Ch. 9: Hate for the Love of Christ: Pat
O’Reilly. Likable; a conservative; “a guy from Robertson and the Christian Right. Pat
the old school” (40). “Here’s a general rule: Robertson (138-44). Tim LaHaye (144-46).
Conservatives do not have answers” (41). Analysis of sources of power of “this powerful
Reminiscent of Don Quixote (42). O’Reilly movement” (147-49). Theodore Dreiser’s 1931
almost gets it, then veers off (43-46). Account warning (146-47; 149-50).
of a one-hour show (46-50). Embellishes,
Ch. 10: Kill All the Lawyers: The Rise of
doesn’t lie (50-52). Andrea Mackris’s suit
the New King. [By far the longest chapter.]
against O’Reilly, settled out of court (52-55).
Passionate defense of trial lawyers, and
He understands he lives by producing hate, but
debunking of the “medical malpractice crisis”
is oblivious of the consequences of purveying it
and “tort reform” (151-87). “The warriors for
(55-56).
the people are trial lawyers” (151-52).
Ch. 5: Hate, Hypocrisy, and the Pimps of
Ch. 11: Hate and the New American
Power. The cause: “the pursuit of ratings,
Slavery. The “King of America” has “for a long
nothing more sinister” (57; 57-74). “My
time” been the “corporate conglomeration”
mantra: Hate sells” (68; emphasis in the
(188). American “thingism” (190-92). TV
original).
teaches it (192-95). 1984 (195-97). Americans
Ch. 6: The Noxious Garden: The bound to “enslaving debt” (197-99). “I am not
Cultivation of Hate in America. Description a Marxist, but it is clear to me that as long as
of American anomie (not a word Spence uses) one class has oppressed another, a condition
(75-90). People “feel hurt” (79). “The world that has extended across the entire history of
has become mechanized” (80). “We float in a civilization, hatred has been the principal
historical vacuum” (86). dynamic at play and has provided the energy
for both enslavement and revolution” (200).
Ch. 7: Freedom of Speech: The Unheard
Voices of People. Tocqueville on the Ch. 12: The Rise of the Fourth Reich:
importance of freedom of the press (91-93). Entrance to Hell. Analyzes parallels between
But freedom of the press has been abandoned recent American history and Hitler’s Third
Reich (201-25). (Spurious Shakespeare quote from its sickbed, with the help of the Internet
[217-18]). (246-47). Roosevelt’s “four freedoms” (247-
49). Summons “to take back America” (249-
Ch. 13: The End of Hate: Return to the 50).
Garden. Spence’s congressional campaign
[late 1950s?] (226-29). “Today we’re divided Afterthought. “We are as much to blame as
into two camps of spiraling hate” (230). “We they” (251).
need to return to a tribal view, to convert
America into one large, truly democratic Notes. 22 pp. By chapter; mostly Internet
community of tolerance and trust” (231). “The sources.
task . . . is for each of us to become a person”
Index. 10 pp.
(232). Call for a spiritual revolution (232-35).
“We must drive corporations out of politics and [Gerry Spence was born in 1929; grad. U. of
return control of the nation to Americans” (235; Wyoming Law School in 1952. Lives in Jackson
235-37). Proposal for a “Tell the Truth (TTT)” Hole, Wyoming. One of the nation’s most
organization (237-41). Spence’s dream of successful trial attorneys, best known for the
“pancake government”—government by lot Karen Silkwood case. His sixteenth book.]
(241-46). Call for American democracy to rise

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