The New Right Essay

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Starting during the 1970s, factions of American conservatives slowly came together to form a new and more radical dissenting conservative movement, the New Right. The New Right was just as radical as its liberal opposite, with agendas to increase government involvement beyond the established conservative view of government’s role. Although New Right politicians made admirable advances to dissemble New Deal economic policies, the movement as a whole counters conservativism and the ideologies that America was founded on. Although the New Right adopts conservative economic ideologies, its social agenda weakened the conservative movement by focusing public attention to social and cultural issues that have no place within the established Old …show more content…
George Gilder stays true to Old Right’s pure-market position in his book Wealth and Poverty, where he promoted uncurbed capitalism and pure free enterprise. He rejected all forms of welfare and redistribution, arguing that “current welfare and other subsidy programs substantially reduce work” and “incurs bitter resistance of the real working class”. Gilder strayed from establishment ideology when he added a moral element to his position, citing monogamous heterosexual marriage as a requirement for upward mobility. Gilder is an example of how New Right intellectuals borrowed Old Right economic theory and then tainted it by adding elements of morality and traditionalism.
The Old Right also found common ground with Reagan’s measures to deregulate business, however many argued that he did not expand the policies enough. Reagan froze new regulations and ordered a rollback of existing rules to decrease bureaucracy within federal regulation and public services but failed to dismantle or privatize any federal programs. The push to privatize the Social Security system is a central example of the New Right failing to fully dismantle New Deal liberalism. Libertarian intellectual, J.D. Dorn, promoted privatization as a vital measure to keep the system “free of political influences and consistent with the principles of a free society”. The Old Right supported Social
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