Summary of Why the Right Went Wrong
Conservatism – From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond
From WHY THE RIGHT WENT WRONG: CONSERVATISM - FROM GOLDWATER TO TRUMP AND BEYOND by E.J. Dionne Jr. Copyright © 2016 by E.J. Dionne Jr. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
On the verge of Trump’s presidency, a Washington Post columnist examines 50 years of right-wing politics.
Just months before the election of Donald J. Trump as America’s next president, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne asked how American conservatism changed so deeply. He explores how it became more radical, and whether that philosophy threatens the Republican Party and the American governing process. Dionne concludes that the modern Tea Party is nothing new. He finds that conservatives and the GOP chose a fateful path by nominating Barry Goldwater in 1964 and embracing his ideology. Since then, Dionne finds, no Republican president or presidential candidate has satisfied or harnessed the right wing’s extreme philosophical purity. While always politically neutral, getAbstract suggests Dionne’s history and analysis to those concerned about US politics and participatory democracy. Since conservatives will control the White House and Congress beginning in 2017, applying his analysis will be quite intriguing.
In this summary, you will learn
- How American conservatism radicalized since 1964
- How this radicalization made governing the US more difficult
- What conservatives and progressives can do to break the gridlock
About the Author
Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. provides analysis on current affairs on MSNBC, ABC News’ This Week, and National Public Radio. He is the best-selling author of Why Americans Hate Politics and Our Divided Political Heart. He is a professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
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