This book outlines the growth of the political Right in Southern California from the late s into the s. Lisa McGirr traces the Right’s. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right Lisa McGirr. Princeton University Press, $ (cloth). Before the Storm: Barry. Lisa McGirr: Suburban Warriors not to be an ordinary suburban coffee klatch. Next to the coffee in suburbs such as Garden Grove, Orange County (the place.

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Their programs might have been vague, or self-contradictory, or factually challenged, but their passion was fierce. Having tracked down and interviewed some twenty surviving right-wingers and rummaged through many archives, McGirr has uncovered something important about the activists of the right. The media lampooned John Birchers’s accusations that Dwight Eisenhower was a communist puppet.

A Political and Literary Forum. The Origins of the New American Right. A frontier-era mythos of rugged individualism, nurtured on hatred of eastern elites who funded western growth before Uncle Sam conveniently hid this dependency.

No Collision Bonnie Honig. The military and military-industrial complex, including high technology industries like electronics, instrumentation, missiles and aircraft, attracted workers to the county from across the United States.

Democrats, who believed they had just gotten a mandate to undertake dramatic reforms, were unprepared when the lisq energized conservative movement reared its head. Orange County was a prime beneficiary of Cold War largesse, and the enemy in Washington was their prime economic supplier.

Yochai Benkler argues that the mainstream media In the early s, American conservatives seemed to have fallen on hard times. It is suburba to believe though that Orange County was a “real center and symbol of American conservatism.


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Even wrriors the backlash from civil rights and antiwar movements, the counterculture, and feminism gave them national resonance, they knew what they wanted—a rollback of Communism and a shrinking mcgigr the welfare state. Contrary to popular opinion, according to McGirr, conservatives were not irrational “kooks” but instead were mainstream middle-class “men and women who rejected the liberal vision and instead championed individual economic freedom and a staunch social conservatism.

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They felt Nixon had compromised his conservative principles and taken a moderate stance to obtain national support. Lisa McGirr, an assistant professor of history at Harvard, writes of the Orange County zealots, John Birchers, evangelicals, and anti-tax libertarians who were pivotal in the far-right seizure of the California Republican Party in View Full Version of PW. Still, it remains true that over and over again in history there appear small but identifiable groups possessed of intense convictions about unpopular ideas, groups that collect larger and more effective associations around them, spawn movements that ride larger currents, hang on for dear life in unpropitious moments, and eventually—often decades after they started out—rise to power.

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Guilt, Regret, and the Coming-Out Narrative. Far from being uprooted, unnerved Midwestern reactionaries, they were the children of thriving new industrial parks.


Why the Right Wins

Retrieved from ” http: No Collision In the face of climate apocalypse, the rich have The right did not mistake mfgirr or political operatives for masses. Join us to support engaged discussion on critical issues. Obviously, Supreme Court decisions in these areas did little to win their support for the national government. A unique set of circumstances arouse in Southern California that allowed this auburban grassroots movement to take shape. The Origins of the New American Right.

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Prototypical rather than typical, suburban Orange County, Calif. Susan SontagGeoffrey Movius. Selling Outrage Yochai Benkler argues that the mainstream media Population growth in Orange County was phenomenal; it grew fromintoin to almost 2 million in Boston ReviewMartha C. They flocked to meetings on minor matters so that, after years of work, they might—to take one lixa choose a school superintendent who in declared the United Nations a topic unfit for classroom discussion.

Drawing heavily on interviews with grassroots activists as well as a wide range of primary documents, McGirr paints a complex picture exploring the apparent contradiction of powerfully antimodern social, political and religious philosophies thriving in a modern, technological environment and translating into sustained political activity. Orange County offered the government the space and work force needed for these activities.

Eventually local activists “intersected with a national conservative movement” p.

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