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Conservatism in America, by Clinton Rossiter

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Toward the close of FDR’s administration, many liberals, reflecting the atmosphere of “a season of inaction and consolidation,” seemed more interested in conserving than altering the political and economic status quo. Thus they became, under Clinton Rossiter’s definition, conservatives. Other liberals today, though remaining liberals, feel that a new crystallization of conservative doctrine is necessary in order to preempt the ideological void on the right before it is filled by fascism and racism. Still other liberals—intellectuals and home-owners—incline towards conservatism because they are disillusioned with liberalism for not having produced the millennium. Finally, the so-called better elements—businessmen for the most part—now entering politics through real or vicarious roles on “Ike’s team” stand in need of an ideology, and naturally look for it on the right.

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