Conservatives, Courtwright claims, seek to unite free-market enthusiasts with Christian traditionalists—an intractable problem, because capitalism tends to erode the values that religious conservatives hold dear. There is no way the two sides of the movement can win at once, and the result is that the moral right will always be sputtering and fuming at the depredations the businessmen commit against the culture, even as they find themselves voting, like it or not, for the economic right.
The success of the right, Sandbrook argues, was intimately linked to this broader populist anger, with its revulsion at distant government, snooty intellectuals, and know-it-all experts.
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In Kanawha County, West Virginia, for example, Alice Moore, the mother of four, started a campaign against sex education in local public schools that quickly expanded to encourage the removal from school curricula of a wide range of books—including the Iliad , Crime and Punishment , and Paradise Lost —as well as poems by Matthew Arnold and T. Eliot, which were all deemed too morbid and depressing. In Boston, blue-collar white workers took to the streets, yelling racial epithets and staging sit-ins in a grotesque parody of the civil rights movement, to try to stop a court-ordered busing plan to desegregate the local public schools.
The issues were different from place to place, but the anger and resentment were the same. For a generation, Americans had come to anticipate that they would own homes as adults; that every year, more people would have health insurance and pensions; that living conditions would steadily improve.
True, for some few lucky people American society would deliver riches beyond imagination, but the game was rigged against the rest. For many of the polemicists of contemporary conservatism, contra Courtwright, there is no hard and fast line between religion and economics.
They see the economic world as laden with values and moral meaning, and faith as inextricably linked to capitalism. Government cannot be representative or democratic; it is a malevolent, vampiric force, preying on the people of the nation. This melodramatic vision of the evil and parasitic state transcends the neat divisions that Courtwright suggests.
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Nor is it entirely a populist trope, since for the populists, the uprising of the people could at least in theory reclaim a righteous political order. He also writes about violence, political and policy history, aviation, and frontier environments.
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