Matthew Continetti on Populism and Conservatism in the “American Right”

55 Voices for Democracy: Matthew Continetti





Jun 16, 2022


55 Voices of Democracy - 38 Matthew Continetti on Populism and Conservatism in the “American Right”


“The right is becoming less interested in defending a particular idea of limited government, and more interested in waging cultural battles against the left,” argues Matthew Continetti. The author and historian focuses on the development of the Republican Party and the American conservative movement in the 20th century.

In episode 38, he talks about how the rights’ greatest successes have not come as a result of its own political agenda but of supposed liberal overreach. How did the territory on which politics is conducted has moved from the size and scope of the State to arguments over the "nature of America“ itself?

His most recent book The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism was published in 2022.

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The series 55 Voices for Democracy is modeled after the BBC radio speeches, through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. His conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever. In this podcast series, intellectuals, artists, and activists will engage in conversations about how to renew democracy today.

In collaboration with Los Angeles Review of Books, Goethe-Institut Boston, Goethe Pop Ups in Seattle, Houston, and Kansas City and Wunderbar Together. With friendly support of Dublab.




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