I’ve been researching and writing A Field Guide to Wingnuts for the past four years, ever since Donald Trump was named the GOP’s nominee.
It turns out that liberals and conservatives think, feel, and process information in ways that are discernably different. And, right-wing extremists and religious fundamentalists are a discrete phenomenon; I lump these two populations under the rubric of “Wingnut” for purposes of clarity and convenience.
A Field Guide to Wingnuts provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research into this troubling and dangerous population. My investigation led me to look at the Wingnut phenomenon through the lenses of a wide variety of fields, beyond the obvious domains of sociology, neurology and social psychology: theology, political philosophy, history, primatology, ethnography, and even economics all have something to contribute to this investigation. Of particular concern is the fact that the attributes that define Wingnuts renders them especially susceptible to manipulation. Powerful actors, that I call “Puppet Masters”, have become adept at stimulating Wingnuts to act in ways that are self-serving and against the interests of those they intentionally and malevolently snooker.
I’m writing as fast and hard as I can, hoping to have A Field Guide to Wingnuts published before the US Presidential election in November 2020. In the meantime, I have drafted an overview of my most significant findings as a kind of policy paper for Warren for President.
This document is provided here, as both a downloadable and printable PDF, and as an e-book. I hope you find it a helpful tool, one that helps to explain our current political moment. In our current all-hands-on-deck reality, this project is what I can do to help preserve our beloved Republic.
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Lucy Hays Nesbeda
New Bedford, MA