It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable—And How We Can Stop It

Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780358617280. $25. POL SCI
Greenblatt (CEO, Anti-Defamation League) warns of the current spread of hate in the United States, which he argues may lead to violence. Drawing from the Anti-Defamation League’s long history of advocating against antisemitism, Greenblatt asserts that a tipping point in hateful rhetoric is fast approaching. In part one of his work, Greenblatt illustrates the ways in which hate has previously been spread in communities, drawing on historical examples and personal anecdotes. He argues that hateful ideas can spread slowly and eventually become normalized and will lead to violence if unchecked. He also draws parallels between history and current events and suggests small things that individuals can do to combat hatred. In part two, Greenblatt shows how individuals (parents; educators) and organizations (governments; businesses) can collectively work against hate and suggests specific actions. The author takes a characteristically middle-ground approach to the issues and also addresses criticisms of the Anti-Defamation League from both the political left and right.
VERDICT A well-reasoned argument for vigilance against of hate, with useful suggestions. Recommended for readers interested in politics and current events who would like to take action.
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