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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/7233/the-betrayal-of-the-american-right/

The Betrayal of the American Right

September 28, 2007 by

The Old Right, which constituted the American right wing from approximately the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, was, if nothing else, an Opposition movement. Hostility to the Establishment was its hallmark, its very lifeblood. In fact, when in the 1950s the monthly newsletter RIGHT attempted to convey to its readers news of the right wing, it was of course forced to define the movement it would be writing about — and it found that it could define the right wing only in negative terms: in its total opposition to what it conceived to be the ruling trends of American life.

In brief, the Old Right was born and had its being as the opposition movement to the New Deal, and to everything, foreign and domestic, that the New Deal encompassed: at first, to burgeoning New Deal statism at home, and then, later in the ’30s, to the drive for American global intervention abroad. Since the essence of the Old Right was a reaction against runaway Big Government at home and overseas, this meant that the Old Right was necessarily, even if not always consciously, libertarian rather than statist, “radical” rather than traditional conservative apologists for the existing order. FULL ARTICLE


Frank Zeleniuk September 28, 2007 at 10:21 pm

This is an excellent article. Thank you very much.
So much confusion reigns over the concepts of left and right and the historical relationship of Libertarianism to each, it explains a lot.

DonL September 29, 2007 at 9:36 am

I thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from this article and appreciate very much what I read. I did not know most of what I found out about H.L.Menchen and Nock. I have a new and greater appreciation for these men. I guess now I’ll have to read their works.

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