How the Right Took Power in the United States

Phases and Coalitions 1940-2012

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

Phase 2: Post-WWII Republican Party Coalition

According to John B. Judis, in his book The Paradox of American Democracy:

In the early twentieth century, there was no such thing in American politics as a conservative movement. The right was an unwieldy collection of anti-Semites, libertarians, fascists, racists, anti-New Dealers, isolationists, and Southern agrarians who were incapable of agreeing on anything.... These conservatives were united by opposition to the New Deal, including Social Security, and to any accommodation with the Soviet Union, which they viewed as an immediate threat to America's survival.

During World War II the Republican Party was not in a position to successfully begin to rebuild. After the war, Republican Party operatives tried a number of themes to reinvigorate their voter base, including warning of the threat of the Soviet Union, and the use of anticommunist congressional committees to spread a fear of subversion by liberals. In 1953 the Republican Party moderates elected popular WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower as the 34th President of the United States. The moderates effectively shut out the more conservative "Taft Wing" of the Republican Party from having a significant role in policy matters. This is why, as Judis explains: "It was only in the mid-I950s that a coherent [conservative] movement began to emerge," to try to recapture the Party apparatus.

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