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July 01, 2008



What about the issue of conservatism and the right both being largely false concepts in America during the 20s? Conservative and right wing were just epitaphs thrown by leftists. There was no conservative movement. Racism was pervasive and as common on the left as society in general (re: common). Right wing was just anyone not considered part of the left, by the left, at the time.

So, while populist and right wing, did the old Klan really have tangible connections to conservatives or the ‘right wing’ today. Enough to use it for lessons any more than any other populist movement might? I’m not saying we can not learn anything from it as a phenomenon, but I don’t feel any particularly special attachment to it exists to what we call conservative today.

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