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I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.
Apr 13, 2017| Courtesy by : www.nytimes.com
A historian of conservatism looks back at how he and his peers failed to anticipate the rise of the president.
BY RICK PERLSTEIN
ntil Nov. 8, 2016, historians of American politics shared a rough consensus about the rise of modern American conservatism. It told a respectable tale. By the end of World War II, the story goes, conservatives had become a scattered and obscure remnant, vanquished by the New Deal and the apparent reality that, as the critic Lionel Trilling wrote in 1950, liberalism was “not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition.”
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