Right Turn: John T. Flynn and the Transformation of American Liberalism

Right Turn: John T. Flynn and the Transformation of American Liberalism

by John E. Moser
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814757006

ISBN-13: 9780814757000

Pub. Date: 04/01/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

John T. Flynn, a prolific writer, columnist for the New Republic, Harper's Magazine, and Collier's Weekly, radio commentator, and political activist, was described by the New York Times in 1964 as “a man of wide-ranging contradictions.” In this new biography of Flynn, John E. Moser fleshes out his many contradictions and

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John T. Flynn, a prolific writer, columnist for the New Republic, Harper's Magazine, and Collier's Weekly, radio commentator, and political activist, was described by the New York Times in 1964 as “a man of wide-ranging contradictions.” In this new biography of Flynn, John E. Moser fleshes out his many contradictions and profound influence on U.S. history and political discourse.

In the 1930s, Flynn advocated extensive regulation of the economy, the breakup of holding companies, and heavy taxes on the wealthy. A mere fifteen years later he was denouncing the New Deal as “creeping socialism,” calling for an abolition of the income tax, and hailing Senator Joseph McCarthy and his fellow anticommunists as saviors of the American Republic. Yet throughout his career he insisted that he had remained true to the principles of liberalism as he understood them.

It was America's political culture that changed, he argued, and not his values and views. Drawing on Flynn’s life and his prolific writings, Moser illuminates how liberalism in America changed during the mid-twentieth century and considers whether Flynn’s ideological odyssey was the product of opportunism, or the result of a set of deep-seated principles that he championed consistently over the years. In addition, Right Turn examines Flynn’s role in laying the foundations for the “culture war” that would be played out in American society for the rest of the century, helping to define modern American conservatism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814757000
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Irish Exaggerations
2 Business Must Be Governed
3 An Empty Collection of Syllables
4 Pay as We Fight
5 A Pretty Sorry Board
6 A Plague of Promisers
7 A Great and Grand Guy—Once
8 A Very Responsible Committee
9 The Nazi Transmission Belt
10 The Good Name of a Noble Cause
11 The Smear Offensive
12 A Bitter and Disheartening Struggle
13 God Bless Joe McCarthy
14 It Sickens My Soul
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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