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Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism


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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Twilight of the Old Right and the Birth and Rise of the American Conservative Movement
  • 2. Defining Conservatism's Boundaries: A History of Conservative Purges
  • 3. Small Is Beautiful: Localism as a Challenge to Left and Right
  • 4. Godless Conservatism: The Challenge of the Secular Right
  • 5. ready for Prime Time: The Mainstream Libertarians
  • 6. Enemies of the State: Radical Libertarians
  • 7. Nostalgia as a Political Platform: The Paleoconservatives
  • 8. Against Capitalism, Christianity, and America: The European New Right
  • 9. Voices of the Radical Right: White Nationalism in the United States
  • 10. Conclusion: The Crisis of Conservatism
  • Notes
  • Index

About the Author

George Hawley is assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He is the author of White Voters in 21st Century America and Voting and Migration Patterns in the U.S.


"In this highly readable and well-researched study, George Hawley persuasively shows that the various disaffected right-wing movements in America, which have often been unfairly banished to the political margins by the mainstream conservative movement, deserve far more serious attention than they have received to date."-- Grant Havers, author of Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy: A Conservative Critique "For anyone trying to understand how modern conservatives have worked to create an intellectually legitimate, politically successful movement, this book is essential reading."--David Farber, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism: A Short History "An intellectual page-turner, a safari through an exotic world of amusing, strange, compelling, and creepy right-wing political thought. Hawley is an outstanding guide: knowledgeable, eloquent, fair, curious, and a great listener."--Bryan Caplan, author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies "A solid introduction to the conservative sects, both large and small, that seek to influence our politics today. His book is especially useful for students interested in the variety of conservative groups that have existed since the 1950's." --Jeremy D. Bailey, author of The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010
"A timely exploration of the past and present of American conservatism, mapping various schools of thought within the American rights."--Political Science Quarterly"The best guide to the bizarre reality of the 2016 GOP."--Reason Magazine"The book's tone is exquisitely non-judgmental, but it is clear that Hawley's interest is not just academic. . . . In chapters on localists, libertarians, paleoconservatives, and white nationalists, he provides thorough summaries of major figures and arguments."--The American Conservative"[Hawley] tells an important story about how the conservative movement has been shaped over its history."--Choice

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