Against the Grain

The American Right

The right is in great disarray these days, propelled by the unexpected popularity of Donald Trump. But its successes have been remarkable. As Doug Henwood points out, at mid-century the right was marginal in American politics — wildeyed Birchers wandering in the wilderness while the business class had firmly accommodated itself to the New Deal. Henwood reflects on the confluence of resentments and constituencies that fueled the rise of the right — and the ways that the left often misunderstands it.

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