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America's Right

Hardback By Robert B. Horwitz
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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.

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Format: Hardback, 280 pages Language: English
Dimension: 23.62cm x 16.26cm x 2.59cm ISBN10: 0745664296
Weight: 567g ISBN13: 9780745664293
Publication Date: 17 May 2013 Publisher: Polity Press

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

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"An excellent read, essential for understanding what is happening in US politics today." Morning Star "Tea Partiers' contemptible views have little place in mainstream civil society, and Horowitz’s does a good job of laying bare their intellectual bankruptcy." LSE Review of Books Horwitz opportunely introduces the expression 'Anti-Establishment Conservatism' to distinguish the Old American Right of the 30s and 40s .


. with the anti-establishment American Right born in the 60s .


. . Horwitz concisely examines the two movements' characteristics with great precision. Antonio Donno, University of Salento In this richly researched, compellingly argued and lucidly written work, Horwitz offers a historical and theoretical account of the American right that traces its arc and innovations from 1950s anti-establishment conservatism to the Tea Party. He catalogs and probes the political, economic and moral formulations of the right which, he argues, have set the coordinates of American domestic and foreign policy for half a century. America's Right is vital for understanding American politics, past and present. It is also a gripping read." Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley "America's Right sheds light on a paradox: thirty years after the Reagan Revolution, many American conservatives, especially religious conservatives, still seek not to conserve but to transform modern America's established institutions, policies, and leadership. Many will do so all the more passionately after the election of 2012, so Robert Horwitz's insights will illuminate key issues in American politics." Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania


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