In The Limousine Liberal, the acclaimed historian Steve Fraser argues that it is impossible to understand American politics without coming to grips with this image, where it originated, why it persists, and where it may be taking us. He reveals that the limousine liberal had existed in all but name long before Procaccino gave it one. From Henry Ford decrying an improbable alliance of Jews, bankers, and Bolsheviks in the 1920s to the Tea Party's vehement hatred of Hillary Clinton, the fear of the limousine liberal has stoked right-wing populism for nearly a century. Today it fuses together disparate elements of the conservative movement. Sunbelt entrepreneurs on the rise, blue collar ethnics and middle classes in decline, heartland evangelicals, and billionaire business dynasts have found common cause, despite their real differences, in shared opposition to liberal elites.
The Limousine Liberal tells an extraordinary story of why the most privileged and powerful elements of American society were indicted as subversives and reveals the reality that undergirds that myth. It goes to the heart of the great political transformation of the postwar era: the rise of the conservative right and the unmaking of the liberal consensus.
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Table of Contents
1 In the Beginning Was the Word 11
2 Bankers, Bolsheviks, and Jews: The Prehistory of the Limousine Liberal 23
3 Fear Itself 49
4 All in the Family: Elites Against Elites 77
5 The Vital Center Trembles 105
6 Country and Western Marxism 127
7 The Bridge over Troubled Waters 157
8 The Holy Family 177
9 God, Capitalism, and the Tea Party 199
10 The Dynasts 221
Conclusion: The Strange Career of Limousine Liberalism 239