McCarthy, Nash, and the Story of the American Right

By Jeremy Beer for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2009/11/mccarthy-nash-and-the-story-of-the-american-right/

The narrative that the American Right tells about itself springs from the careful, groundbreaking historical work of George H. Nash. Unfortunately, as Dan McCarthy points out in a review of Nash’s Reappraising the Right, it’s a narrative that fits the pre-1976 conservative intellectual movement much better than the politicized, institutionalized conservatism that arose with Ronald Reagan.

We need more of these historically grounded challenges to the Nash narrative if we are really to understand what has happened to American conservatism in the last sixty years — and I mean no disrespect to Nash in saying that.

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