Monday, February 01, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

On the show we talk a lot about the modern conservative movement and the effect they have on the American political scene, and much has been written of how this movement got its start and began to consolidate power across the country.  In her new book Right Out Of California: The 1930’s and The Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism historian Kathryn S. Olmsted offers a new perspective on the birth of modern conservatism and examines the explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California and tells how this brief moment of upheaval terrified business leaders into rethinking their relationship to American politics.  Kathryn joins me today on the show to talk all about the book and how California’s businessmen learned the language of populism with the help of allies in the media and entertainment industries and in the process created a new style of politics featuring many of the things we are familiar with today; corporate funding of grassroots groups, military-style intelligence gathering against political enemies, professional campaign consultants, and alliances between religious and economic conservatives.   

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