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America's Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party

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Conservatism has been the most important political doctrine in the United States for nearly four decades. It has dominated the intellectual debate and largely set the policy agenda, even during years of Democratic electoral control.

But 21st century conservatism has moved far beyond even the Reagan Revolution of small government, lower taxes and a respect for tradition. The alliance of libertarians, neoconservatives, and the Christian right has launched anxious and angry attacks on the purported homosexual agenda, the “hoax” of climate change, the rule by experts and elites, and the banishment of religion from the public realm. In the foreign policy arena it has tried to remake the world through the cleansing fire of violence. Contemporary American conservatism practices a politics that is disciplined, uncompromising, utopian, and enraged, seeking to “take back our country.”

This is “anti-establishment conservatism,” whose origin can be traced back to the right wing that battled both the reigning post-World War II liberal consensus and the moderate, establishment Republican Party. This book examines the nature of anti-establishment conservatism, traces its development from the 1950s to the Tea Party, and explains its political ascendance.

About the Author

Robert Horwitz is professor in the department of communication at the University of California San Diego.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Anti-statist Statism: A Brief History of a Peculiarly American Conservatism

Chapter 3 Religion and Politics: The Rise of the New Christian Right

Chapter 4 Two Generations of Neoconservatism: From the Law of Unintended Consequences to the Cleansing Fire of Violence

Chapter 5 Richard Hofstadter's "Paranoid Style" Revisited: The Tea Party, Past as Prologue

Chapter 6 Dogmatism, Utopianism, and Politics

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745664293
Author:
Horwitz, Robert
Publisher:
Polity Press
Author:
Horwitz, Robert
Author:
Horwitz, Robert B.
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
American politics
Subject:
conservatism, tea party, America, politics
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130402
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
229 x 152 x 15 mm 24 oz

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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