New Deal Nemesis
The Old Right Jeffersonians
By Sheldon Richman
This article appeared in the Fall 1996 issue of The Independent Review.
The Old Right began as a diverse group of politicians, writers and activists awakened by a common threat: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his unprecedented accretion of executive power. The Old Right was not truly right-wing or conservative, drawing as it did from the ranks of progressive isolationists, Republican conservative isolationists, libertarian iconoclasts regarded as leftist radicals in the 1920s, conservative Democrats, social democratic historians, and free-market liberal economists and journalists.