There is no other contemporary politician in the United States who reveals more about the sound and fury of the far right than Sarah Palin. Palin is nearly as important to our time as U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy was to the 1950s.
Manufacturing Hysteria is a political book, aimed at reminding those dedicated to civil liberties (especially the right to dissent) how fragile our freedoms are and how "close to a police state" we have come over the last century.
Hey you, famous person now going about your business being stupid or venal or immoral or injudicious or criminal, even. When you get caught and the big, voracious media death star starts howling for your apology... stop.
To right the American ship, we must jettison the ghosts of the cold war, confront all the babble about God and country, and openly talk about what modern socialist and democratic public policy might actuallylook like.
Sarah Palin, Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh have figured out what progressive media have not. If only heard and commented upon by their own audiences, like Fox and their radio stations and Facebook page, they would not amount to very much.