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eBook Prophets on the Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism ePub
Author: Ronald Radosh
Language: English
ISBN: 0671219014
ISBN13: 978-0671219017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (April 16, 1975)
Pages: 351
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Prophets on the Right book. But now, Radosh says, he is "proudly a supporter of American interventionism," accepting the view that the United States "has a positive role to play in the spread of democracy and the creation of democratic regimes around the world.

In his book Prophets on the Right, completed in 1974, Radosh referred to himself as both "an advocate of a socialist solution to America's . Prophets On The Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1975.

In his book Prophets on the Right, completed in 1974, Radosh referred to himself as both "an advocate of a socialist solution to America's domestic crisis" and "a radical historian". The New Cuba: Paradoxes and Potentials.

Radosh notes Beard's call for a ""corporatist society"" based on economic autarky rather than expansion abroad

Radosh notes Beard's call for a ""corporatist society"" based on economic autarky rather than expansion abroad. Unfortunately, the book is written like a high-school biography, with even less color; Radosh is constantly nudging the reader while failing to give real background on the issues or to present his own judgment. The problem of economic determinants remains an arch undertone while the world view of Taft, in particular, which would help make sense of his inconsistencies, is reduced to fear of personal isolation.

First published in 1975, Prophets on the Right examines the views of five conservative critics of. .how his recent political reorientation, from left to right, has affected his interpretation of the views of the "prophets.

Recommend this journal.

Ronald Radosh, American History educator. Member Organisation American Hists. Senior fellow Hudson Institute, Washington, 1996, adjunct senior fellow, since 2003.

Ronald Radosh, most recently the author of Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left, a neoconservative assessment of the history of the American left, has penned a new introduction for a book that no neoconservative could have written: Radosh’s own Prophets on the Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism.

Prophets on the Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism, by Ronald Radosh, New York .

Can the Vital Center Hold?-the concluding chapter of George Nash's fine history-raises important questions about the nature of the conservative intellectual tradition. A 1970's neoconservatism has been forming from a coalition of conservatives and Vital Center-a phrase initiated by Arthur Schlesinger, J. cold-war liberals.

Book by Ronald Radosh
Throughout most of the Cold War, 'responsible conservatism' spoke with one voice. Typified by William F. Buckley and 'National Review' magazine, it advocated energetic opposition to Soviet expansionism -- an internationalist posture of military alliances, proxy conflicts, and 'war in the shadows.' Opposition to this policy came primarily, if not exclusively, from the Left.
Or so it seemed.
Now that the end of the Cold War has led to a 'conservative crack-up,' more voices on the Right are willing to risk being tarred 'isolationist' to stand up for a principled stand of non-interventionism, an approach Ronald Radosh quotes Nicholas von Hoffman as calling (speaking of the views of Sen. Robert A. Taft) 'a way to defend the country without destroying it, a way to be part of the world without running it.' In such a climate, the views of men like those described in this book are beginning to be rediscovered and re-appreciated.
Radosh's subjects -- Charles A. Beard, John T. Flynn, Oswald Garrison Villard, Sen. Robert A. Taft, and Lawrence Dennis -- cover both a relatively broad span of time and a wide ideological spectrum. Despite the subtitle's description of these men as 'conservative critics of American globalism,' several of them found themselves associating (or associated) with conservatives as a result of their criticisms, as opposed to their criticisms arising from an innately conservative philosophy. Beard, for example, advocated in the 1930s a centralized, planned economy. Villard, who began as a devoted free-marketeer, later was an enthusiastic supporter of the New Deal. One of the interesting strands of this book is watching how these men's political philosophies change and evolve (or devolve) over time.
Do these men have any relevance to us today? Absolutely. The so-called 'revisionist' viewpoint Beard and others brought to analysis of World Wars One and Two is now beginning to be applied to the Cold War too. More importantly, the internationalist thrust is still alive and well in American politics today -- the need for an articulate opposition is as great as ever.
For example: In his 'Conclusions,' Radosh notes that voices on the Left had arisen to criticize American involvement in Viet Nam (my edition of this book was published in 1975), using many of the same arguments the 'conservatives' had used to oppose interventionism in previous decades. Former assistant secretary of defense Paul Warnke is quoted as arguing that the Constitution 'cannot be read to give the President "the right to carry on an air war in a civil conflict in a tiny country on the other side of the world."' And yet, a quarter-century later, when an American president decided to carry on an air war in a civil conflict in a tiny country on the other side of the world, the most articulate voices in opposition to it came from the Right -- from the intellectual heirs of the men in this book. That's what makes this important.
Today, the 'Buckleyite' wing of conservatism remains dominant. But as the conservative bloc continues to crumble, a wider variety of ideas and approaches will arise, all legitimate heirs of the 'conservative' mantle. A key to speeding the process along will be to acquaint conservatives (and the American people generally) with some of their silenced heroes, the voices in the wilderness profiled in this important book.
_Prophets on the Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism_ by left wing scholar Ronald Radosh, first published in 1975, is a book which takes a look at some of the forgotten and all too often maligned Old Right critics of American interventionism. Radosh, who originally began his career as a sort of libertarian socialist and later moved to the right, wrote this book under the guidance of such Old Right libertarians as Murray Rothbard. The thinkers whose profiles appear in this book offered criticism of American interventionism, beginning with the American intervention in the First and Second World Wars and culminating in the Cold War, as well as of the creeping influence of the state that interventionism brought. These thinkers include the Progressive historian Charles A. Beard, the editor-journalist of the liberal _Nation_ Oswald Garrison Villard, the noted titular head of the Republican party ("Mr. Republican") Senator Robert A. Taft, the economist and writer John T. Flynn, and the self proclaimed intellectual "fascist" Lawrence Dennis. Against the smears of "isolationist" these critics challenged the interventionist foreign policies of such politicians as Woodrow Wilson, F. D. R., and Harry Truman. They called into question America's role in foreign wars which did not concern its direct national interest. And, they often did so at great personal loss.

Charles A. Beard began as a Progressive historian whose writings on the Constitution of the United States challenged accepted belief. He came to challenge the foreign policy of Wilson and Roosevelt advocating neutrality. With the entry of the United States into the Second World War, Beard became a revisionist, attempting to show how F. D. R. had provoked the attack upon Pearl Harbor to cause the United States to enter the war. He was treated harshly by his contemporaries and by later historians for his "isolationist" stance.

Oswald Garrison Villard was an editor and journalist for the _Nation_ who originally advocated anti-imperialism, pacifism, and the liberal doctrine of laissez-faire economics. He was related to abolitionists and he too would come to favor civil rights for blacks as well as women's suffrage. Later, Villard was to come to change his laissez-faire economic positions somewhat, but for his opposition to F. D. R. and to America's entry into World War II he was removed as a writer for the _Nation_. Villard later came to join the America First committee which advocated an anti-interventionist policy. He also later was to become a critic of the Cold War with Russia and opposed the anti-communist hysteria which led to investigation of Hollywood screenwriters.

Robert A. Taft came from an old political family and had the reputation for being a dogmatic "isolationist". He led the Republican opposition to F. D. R.'s interventionist policies in the Second World War. Taft was vehemently anti-communist and noted that "the victory of communism in the world outside of America would be far more dangerous to the United States from an ideological standpoint than the victory of fascism". Taft came to challenge the Nuremberg tribunal as well as supporting Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist crusade. However, Taft also came to oppose the Cold War believing that Chinese communism was more militaristic than Soviet communism.

John T. Flynn began as a liberal or radical in economic matters, seeking to find an answer to the curse of bigness in industry. However, Flynn moved to the right advocating a non-interventionist policy in the Second World War. He also came to campaign actively on behalf of the America First Committee. Flynn along with Charles A. Lindbergh were frequently smeared as "anti-semites" or "fascists" because of the presence of certain rather unsavory elements within the committee. Later Flynn came to embrace McCarthyism and anti-communism though he remained opposed to the Cold War arguing the Soviet military did not pose the threat it was believed to. This led him into conflict with William F. Buckley when he submitted an article to the _National Review_.

Lawrence Dennis remains a problematic figure for many given his open avowal of fascism as a form of socialism. Dennis began as a capitalist interventionist who later came to see the problems with capitalism and war and developed his own belief in a coming American fascism. The use of the word fascism by Dennis led him into difficulties, particularly with many communists who saw him as a fomenter of anti-semitism and racism despite the fact that his books included none of this. Dennis argued that in trying to overcome fascism and entering the Second World War, the United States would go fascist itself, leading to his opposition to entry into war and F. D. R.'s policies. Later Dennis came to abandon some of his early socialist beliefs advocating a form of laissez-faire but remaining opposed to bigness as well as foreign intervention. He remained firmly opposed to the Cold War as well as an opponent of McCarthy, probably because he himself had been tried for sedition during the Second World War.

This book reveals some of the neglected thinkers of the American Old Right who opposed foreign intervention, the new world order, and global war. While today the Right has been largely taken over by neoconservatives who advocate interventionism, these thinkers represent an older Right which resolutely opposed the senseless entry of the United States into wars which did not concern its direct national interest.
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