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Sectors of the US Right - circa 2000
There is much overlap and sectors are not mutually exclusive. Populist,
apocalyptic, and conspiracist styles can be found in several sectors. Methodologies
range from cautious moderation, to activism, to insurgency, to violence.
Forms of oppression-racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism-vary in each
Corporate Internationalists-Nations should control the flow of
people across borders, but not the flow of goods, capital, and profit.
Sometimes called the "Rockefeller Republicans." Globalists.
Business Nationalists-Multinational corporations erode national
sovereignty; nations should enforce borders for people, but also for goods,
capital, and profit through trade restrictions. Enlists grassroots allies
among Regressive Populists. Anti-Globalists.
Economic Libertarians-The state disrupts the perfect harmony of
the free market system. Modern democracy is essentially congruent with
National Security Militarists-Support US military supremacy and
unilateral use of force to protect US national security interests around
the world. A major component of Cold War anti-communism.
Neoconservatives-The egalitarian social liberation movements of
the 1960s and 1970s undermined the national consensus. Intellectual oligarchies
and political institutions preserve democracy from mob rule.
Christian Nationalists-Biblically-defined immorality and sin breed
chaos and anarchy. America's greatness as God's chosen land has been undermined
by liberal secular humanists, feminists, and homosexuals. Purists want
litmus tests for issues of abortion, tolerance of gays and lesbians, and
prayer in schools. Includes some non-Christian cultural conservatives.
Overlaps somewhat with Christian theocracy.
Christian Theocrats-Christian men are ordained by God to run society.
Eurocentric version of Christianity based on early Calvinism. Intrinsically
Christian ethnocentric, treating non-Christians as second-class citizens.
Implicitly antisemitic. Includes soft dominionists and hardline Reconstructionists.
Paleoconservatives- Ultra-conservatives and reactionaries. Natural
financial oligarchies preserve the republic against democratic mob rule.
Usually nativist (White Racial Nationalist), sometimes antisemitic or Christian
nationalist. Elitist emphasis is similar to the intellectual conservative
revolutionary wing of the European New Right. Often libertarian.
Regressive Populist Patriots-Secret elites control the government
and banks. The government plans repression to enforce elite rule or global
collectivism. The patriot and armed militia movements are one response
from this sector. Americanist. Often supports Business Nationalism due
to its isolationist emphasis. Anti-Globalists, yet support non-interventionist
national security militarism.
White Nationalists-Alien cultures make democracy impossible. Cultural
Supremacists argue different races can adopt the dominant (White) culture;
Biological Racists argue the immutable integrity of culture, race, and
nation. Segregationists want distinct enclaves, Separatists want distinct
nations. Americanist. Tribalist emphasis is similar to the race-is-nation
wing of the European New Right.
Far Right-Militant forms of revolutionary right ideology and separatist
ethnocentric nationalism. Reject pluralist democracy for an organic oligarchy
that unites the homogeneic nation. Conspiracist views of power that are
overwhelmingly antisemitic. Home to overt fascists and neonazis.
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