American Decline

Charles Sykes: How the Right Lost its Mind

From 2017. The rise of the neo-know-nothings is in part a pushback against the rise of the alliance between digital capitalism, the traditional financial elites, and the professional-managerial class, with totalitarian humanism its ideological superstructure, along with the parallel cultural and demographic decline of traditionally hegemonic WASP culture, and the eradication of the traditional working to middle class, or at least the working to middle class as it was defined in the postwar era. But it is also a pushback against the neocon/Reaganite right with its emphasis “free trade” and uber-imperialism, and the hegemony of corporate Republicans on the right.

Once at the center of the American conservative movement, best-selling author and radio host Charles Sykes is a fierce opponent of Donald Trump and the right-wing media that has enabled his rise. Sykes will present an impassioned, regretful and deeply thoughtful account of how the American conservative movement came to lose its values, asking: How did a movement that was defined by its belief in limited government, individual liberty, free markets, traditional values and civility find itself embracing bigotry, political intransigence, demagoguery and outright falsehood?

In his new book, Sykes addresses:

Why are so many voters so credulous and immune to factual information reported by responsible media?

Why did conservatives decide to overlook, even embrace, so many of Trump’s outrages, gaffes, conspiracy theories, falsehoods and smears?

Can conservatives govern? Or are they content merely to rage?

How can the Right recover its traditional values and persuade a new generation of their worth?

Come hear from a leading conservative voice about how the conservatives and the nation as a whole got to where it is today.

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