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Bush’s barmy army

The American right is a coalition of millionaires and trailer park dwellers stitched together by cultural anger. It is ascendant but not invincible

By James Crabtree   October 2004

The last four years have provided endless ammunition for those who believe that Europe and America are irrevocably drifting apart. The 2003 Pew world values survey found big divisions between traditional America and postmodern Europe, especially on the family, religion and patriotism.

George W Bush, and 9/11, have certainly helped to shift the US’s political centre of gravity further to the right, but two important new books reveal a more complex background. They argue that the shift has involved not just cashing in on America’s inexorable conservatism, but outsmarting the opposition. They also present the American right as a fractious…

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