August 25

Ep. 0115: Out with the Old Right, In with the New Right

Believe it or not, prior to about the mid-1950s, to be on the “Right” in American political discourse actually meant you opposed American wars & interventions abroad most of the time, and it meant you took seriously ideas of individual liberty, even if you weren’t always 100% consistent on them. Then there was a ‘revolution within the form,’ so to speak, and with remarkable speed & completeness, a handful of individuals changed what “Right” meant in American politics, into something defined above all else by hawkish militarism, and with (at best) mere lip service paid to ‘limited government,’ etc.  Who the Old Right were, and how the New Right hijacked their brand, is the subject of this episode.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Who the “Old Right” were and what they believed
  • How the “New Right” displaced the “Old Right,” and changed what it meant to be on the rightwing in American politics, rebranding the term from denoting (for the most part) libertarianism to denoting, in extreme cases, fascistic warmongering

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Posted August 25, 2016 by profcj in category "American History", "Podcasts