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Rebels All!: A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America

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Kevin Mattson explains the apparent contradictions of the party in this fresh examination of the postwar conservative mind
Hardcover, 171 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Rutgers University Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mattson sets out to explain how it is the ideas of the right have “moved to the forefront of American identity,” by creating a roadmap of sorts of conservative ideas—and just as importantly, the style in which those ideas are communicated—beginning with the punchline that the right—not the left—is the principle inheritor of the spirit of the 60's rebellion.

I have to say, this is pretty convincing stuff,. That spokespeople for today's right (Coulter, Limbaugh, Palin, etc.) have taken pages from
Bob Miller
I came to this book with memories of the wretched attempt at a history of Conservatism by the Brit philosopher, Ted Honderich. All that just to get in a little Tony Blair bashing? Could Mattson have written this Ideas In Action volume just to explain second rate morons like Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter?

Thankfully not.

But there is a simplicity and tidiness in Mattson'sreasoning that, I think, betrays his theme: the fact of a rebellious, anti-intellectual, yet utopian cast to post-war American con
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Mattson may have set himself an impossible task in attempting a "history of the conservative mind in postwar America" in such a short space. The book's early sections are superficial, with such key figures as Barry Goldwater receiving only cursory attention. (It seems odd that Mattson doesn't cite either Gore Vidal's "Barry Goldwater: A Chat" or Norman Mailer's review of LBJ's campaign book MY HOPE FOR AMERICA, in which Mailer discussed the differences between what "a real conservative" might be ...more
This short history of the postwar conservative mind focuses more on the style of presentation of postwar conservative ideas than on their substance. It's weak as a history of conservative ideas and values, which Mattson defines as a commitment to religion/traditional values, free market capitalism, and an aggressive, expansionist military policy. For the most part ideas are just name checked and assigned to certain individuals. There's no in-depth analysis of conservative political philosophy. ...more
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