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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It's Not About The College Kids

Barry Goldwater was not "ushering in the New Right" with his Libertarian ideals.

Barry Goldwater was paving the way for George Wallace and Nixon's Southern Strategy.

The rise of the New Right had some connection to the think tanks and political activists that surrounded the Goldwater movement, but that had nothing to do with Goldwater who was simply a vessel for their aspirations to turn back the Great Society and the Civil Rights Movement.

The New Right succeeded because they had demography on their side.

And Rand Paul doesn't.

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