The American Right: From Margins to Mainstream

Doug Henwood


The American right, never on the ropes for very long, is on the march again. In some sense, this resurgence is hard to understand. If you buy the thesis that the right is driven by a defense of hierarchy and privilege and draws its energy from opposition to a strong left, its strength is almost incomprehensible. It’s hard to think of a time when American capital and capitalists were so politically secure. During the first Gilded Age, the sleep of the moneyed was often troubled by populist and socialist agitation. Armouries were built in major American cities to house National Guard units meant to suppress strikers and demonstrators, something that seems unimaginable today.

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