Here’s America’s leading scholar of right-wing politics with an up-to-the-minute analysis of the contending forces that have seized hold of the Republican Party.
Because, as UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Rosenthal explains in Empire of Resentment, conservatism comes in many flavors, of which the following are the most prominent:
- Neoliberalism advocates letting free-market capitalism loose on the world with few, if any, restraints.
- Paleo-conservatism glories in American nationalism and Christian ethics, pushing for restrictions on immigration and multiculturalism.
- Right-wing populism (which Rosenthal terms right populism) combines populist rhetoric and anti-elitist sentiments. “Emotion—more than ideology or dogma—is the motor force of populism.”
Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism by Lawrence Rosenthal (2020) 272 pages @@@@ (4 out of 5)
This leading scholar of right-wing politics goes to the heart of the…