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The Rise of the Counter-Establishment: The Conservative Ascent to Political Power [NOOK Book]

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A classic of American politics returns! How did the Republican Party build its infrastructure and arrive at the Reagan triumph in the years following Barry Goldwater’s defeat and Nixon’s cataclysmic resignation in 1974? The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, a now seminal study of contemporary politics, provides the answers. Based on hundreds of interviews with key policy makers, Sidney Blumenthal shows how the conservatives orchestrated their influence to change American politics. By charting the rise of a ...
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The Rise of the Counter-Establishment: The Conservative Ascent to Political Power

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Overview


A classic of American politics returns! How did the Republican Party build its infrastructure and arrive at the Reagan triumph in the years following Barry Goldwater’s defeat and Nixon’s cataclysmic resignation in 1974? The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, a now seminal study of contemporary politics, provides the answers. Based on hundreds of interviews with key policy makers, Sidney Blumenthal shows how the conservatives orchestrated their influence to change American politics. By charting the rise of a small group of ideologues who transformed their vision into Washington’s ruling orthodoxy, he brilliantly illuminates the important currents of conservative thought and action, as well as the mythology of Reaganism.
Although Blumenthal himself is unabashedly liberal, he is also frankly admiring of the organizational genius displayed by the right wing in finding donors and benefactors eager to fund the think tanks, institutes, magazines, and endowed academic chairs that made the Reagan Revolution—and the George W. Bush presidency—possible. He presents an indispensable object lesson for any out-of-office party determined to regain political power.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402792090
  • Publisher: Union Square Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2008 Edition: The Hidden History of Neoconservatism: From Dick Cheney to Dick Cheney     ix
Preface to the Original Edition     xix
Introduction   Shadow Liberalism     1
The Conservative Remnant     9
The Business of Intellectuals     28
The Business of America     49
The Romance of the Market     62
Capitalism and Friedman     78
Shadow Leftism, or the Ideological Light Brigade     110
A Lost Continent     151
The Protestant Ethic     192
The Mythology of Reaganism     219
The Will to Believe     239
Morning Again     254
The Second Coming     265
The Beginning of Ideology     283
Acknowledgments     307
Notes     309
Index     323
About the Author     345
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