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The working class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism

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"In this sure to be controversial book in the vein of The Forgotten Man, a political analyst argues that conservative icon Ronald Reagan was not an enemy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal, but his true heir and the popular program's ultimate savior. Conventional political wisdom views the two most consequential presidents of the twentieth-century--FDR and Ronald Reagan--as ideological opposites. FDR is hailed as the champion of big-government progressivism manifested in the New Deal. Reagan is seen as the crusader for conservatism dedicated to small government and free markets. But Henry Olsen argues that this assumption is wrong. In The Working Class Republican, Olsen contends that the historical record clearly shows that Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal itself were more conservative than either Democrats or Republicans believe, and that Ronald Reagan was more progressive than most contemporary Republicans understand. Olsen cuts through political mythology to set the record straight, revealing how Reagan--a longtime Democrat until FDR's successors lost his vision in the 1960s--saw himself as FDR's natural heir, carrying forward the basic promises of the New Deal: that every American deserves comfort, dignity, and respect provided they work to the best of their ability. Olsen corrects faulty assumptions driving today's politics. Conservative Republican political victories over the last thirty years have not been a rejection of the New Deal's promises, he demonstrates, but rather a representation of the electorate's desire for their success--which Americans see as fulfilling the vision of the nation's founding. For the good of all citizens and the GOP, he implores Republicans to once again become a party of "FDR Conservatives"--To rediscover and support the basic elements of FDR (and Reagan's) vision"--
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subject_facetConservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Electronic books
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Progressivism (United States politics) -- History -- 20th century
Reagan, Ronald -- Political and social views
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History -- 20th century
Right and left (Political science) -- United States -- History -- 20th century
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century
title_displayThe working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism
title_fullThe working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism / Henry Olsen
The working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism [electronic resource] / Henry Olsen
The working class republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism [electronic resource] / Henry Olsen
Working Class Republican Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism
title_shortThe working class Republican
title_subRonald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Conservatism
Electronic books
History
Nonfiction
Political and social views
Political culture
Politics
Politics and government
Presidents
Progressivism (United States politics)
Reagan, Ronald
Right and left (Political science)