Who Predicted Trump? Really?

With American Journalism having a research memory that at best extends back to the age of the Internet, here is a selective bibliography of serious work that anticipated the rise of a right-wing populist or proto-fascist Presidential candidate exploiting White Nationalism.

Annotations and more titles coming soon.

Clever Jumps:
Bibliography of books by George Seldes
Ernie Lazar’s Most Excellent Bibliography on the US Right
Political Research Associates Searchable Bibliography
Gigantic collection of bibliographies

—Chip Berlet: “From the KKK to the CCC to Dylann Roof:
White nationalism infuses our political ideology.”

Interview Ideas: Trump, Right-Wing Populism, and White Nationalism
—Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh
—David Cunningham, Washington University (St. Louis)
—Bill Fletcher, Jr., racial justice, labor and international activist
—Gerald Horne, University of Houston
—Rory McVeigh, Notre Dame University
—Cas Mudde, University of George
—Ruby Sales, Spirit House, racial justice and human rights activist
Richard Steigmann-Gall, Kent State University

Curated Bibliography

Sinclair Lewis. (1935). It can’t happen here: A novel. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company.

George Seldes with Helen L. Seldes (1943). Facts and Fascism. New York: In Fact.

George Seldes (1947). One Thousand Americans. New York: Boni & Gaer.

Peter Fritzsche, Rehearsals for Fascism: Populism and Political Mobilization in Weimar Germany (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990)

Margaret Canovan. (1981). Populism. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Dan T.Carter. (1995), The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics, Simon and Schuster, New York, NY.

Peter Fritzsche, Germans into Nazis (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998).

Jean V. Hardisty. (1999). Mobilizing Resentment: Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers. Boston: Beacon.

Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons. 2000. Right-wing populism in America: Too close for comfort. New York: Guilford Press.

Chip Berlet. 2003. Into the mainstream: An array of right-wing foundations and think tanks support efforts to make bigoted and discredited ideas respectable. Intelligence Report, Southern Poverty Law Center, no. 110, (Summer): 53-58.

Jean V. Hardisty. (1995). “The Resurgent Right: Why Now?” The Public Eye, Fall–Winter. Revised and included in Hardisty, Mobilizing Resentment.

Robert Altemeyer, The Authoritarian Specter, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1996.
Whole Book (PDF version 1.35Mb)
Postscript on the 2008 Election (PDF)

Robert Altemeyer, April 20, 2010, Comment on the Tea Party Movement
Comment on the Tea Party Movement (PDF)

Neiwert, David A. 2009. The eliminationists: how hate talk radicalized the American right. Sausalito, CA: PoliPoint Press.

Background Materials

L. Noël, Intolerance, A General Survey, trans. A. Bennett, Montreal: McGill–Queen’s Univ. Press, 1994;

E. Young–Bruehl, The Anatomy of Prejudices, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1996.

For an excellent overview, see E.R. Harrington, “The Social Psychology of Hatred,” Journal of Hate Studies, 2003/04, vol. 3, no.1,


Robert Alan Goldberg. Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001);

Michael Barkun, A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America, (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2003);

Daniel Pipes, The Hidden Hand: Middle East Fears of Conspiracy, (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996).

Early Work

Dollard, John, Leonard W. Doob, Neal E. Miller, Orval Hobart, Mowrer, Robert R. Sears, and Yale University Institute of Human Relations, Frustration and Aggression, (New Haven; London: Pub. for the Institute of Human Relations by Yale University Press; H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1939);

Theodor W, Adorno, Else Frenkel–Brunswik, Daniel J. Levinson, and Nevitt Sanford with Betty Aron, Maria Hertz Levinson, and William Morrow. The Authoritarian Personality, (New York: Harper, 1950);

Gordon W. Allport,  1954. The nature of prejudice. New York: Basic Books.

Milton Rokeach, The Open and Closed Mind; Investigations into the Nature of Belief Systems and Personality Systems, (New York: Basic Books, 1960);

Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, (New York: Harper and Row, 1951).

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