How the Right Took Power in the United States

Phases and Coalitions 1932-2012

Showing the Three Times the Ultra-Conservative Coalition Mobilized to Move the Republican Party to the Right

Phase 1: 1932-1941 - Pre-WWII Conservative Movements

In 1895, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) was founded with a special interest in stopping labor organizing in the South. No coincidence that the “influential Southern newspaper, The Dixie” rallied support for the group. NAM “tended to represent small businessmen, was fiercely antiunion and strongly endorsed the ‘open shop’ crusade to ban union influence in industrial plants.”

To oppose President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal proposals, in 1934, NAM launched a huge 13-year $15 million public relations campaign “for the dissemination of sound American doctrines to the public.” These doctrines included blasting labor unions while calling for reductions in the size of government and the number of government regulations. NAM still brags about how it distributed “leaflets, movie shorts, radio speeches, films for schools, reprints of articles by economists, and other public relations efforts. A daily NAM column appeared in 260 newspapers with a circulation of more than 4.5 million persons in 1936. The NAM’s movie shorts were seen by six million persons in 1937.”

Cite: Chip Berlet. 2007. “The New Political Right in the United States: Reaction, Rollback, and Resentment.” In Michael Thompson, ed, Confronting the New Conservatism. The Rise of the Right in America. New York, NYU Press. <Buy it at Powell’s>

Color
Key

Major Phases of
Right-Wing Movements

New or Reframed
Coalition Partners

Sub-Sectors
under a Major Section

Ultraconservative Coalition
Mobilizes a Rebellion

Discarded
Coalition Partners


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1932-1941:
Pre-WWII Conservatism
Post-WWII Republican Party Coalition 1950s: Ultra-Conservative Fusionism 1960s: Facing Challenges from
the Left
1963-1964: Goldwater Presi-dential Campaign 1970s: A “New Right” Builds a Movement 1980s: The Right-Wing Coalition Institutionalizes Post-1991: Reframing Political Debates Post-2008:
Tea Party & Town Hall Movements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Libertarianism

Economic Conservatism

Economic Conservatism

 

Economic Conservatism

 

Economic Conservatism

Economic Conservatism

Economic Conservatism

 

Sector: Business Nationalism

Sector: Business Nationalism

 

Sector: Business Nationalism

 

Sector: Business Nationalism

Sector: Business Nationalism

Sector: Business Nationalism

 

Sector: Corporate Internationalism

Sector: Corporate Internationalism

 

Sector: Corporate Internationalism

 

Sector: Corporate Internationalism

Sector: Corporate Internationalism

Sector: Corporate Internationalism

 

Militant Patriot
Anticommunism

Militant Patriot
Anticommunism

Militant Patriot
Anticommunism

Militant Patriot
Anticommunism

Militant Patriot
Anticommunism

Militant Patriot
Anticommunism

Militant Patriot
Anticommunism

Militant Patriot
Anticollectivism

Militant Patriot
Anticollectivism

National Security Militarism

National Security Militarism

 

National Security Militarism

 

National Security Militarism

National Security Militarism

National Security Militarism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neoconservatism

Neoconservatism

 

 

Social Traditionalism

Social Traditionalism

Social Traditionalism

 

Social Traditionalism

Religious Right
Christian Right

Religious Right
Christian Right

Religious Right
Christian Right

Religious Right
Christian Right

Naked
White Supremacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naked
Antisemitism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright 2012, Chip Berlet