The Best Sources for Reading about the Right
The best overview of the history of conservatism in America is a set of three articles by Alan Brinkely, Susan Yohn and Leo Ribuffo, in the American Historical Review ( April, 1994), in a forum on "the Problem of American Conservatism."
For a useful review of the social science literature, see William B. Hixson, Jr., Search for the American Right Wing. An Analysis of the Social Science Record, 1955-1987 (Princeton, N.J: Princeton Univ.Press 1992).
For treatments of the media and conservatism see Howard J. Gold, Hollow Mandates, American Public Opinion and the Conservative Shift (Boulder: Westview, 1992) and Peter D. Hart and Linda DiVall, "Public Attitudes toward Welfare Reform", ( 1993), available through the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington D.C. See also:
Bennett, David. 1995. The Party of Fear: The American Far Right from Nativism to the Militia Movement, 2nd. ed. NY: Vintage.
Berlet, Chip. Eyes Right. Challenging the Right Backlash. Boston: South End Press, 1995.
Cantor, David. 1994. The Religious Right. The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism. NY: ADL.
Diamond, Sara. 1989. Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christian Right. Boston: South End Press.
Hardisty, Jean. 1995. "The Resurgent Right: Why Now?" available through Political Research Associates, Somerville, MA.
Himmelstein, Jerome. 1990. To the Right: The Transformation of American Conservatism ( Berkeley: U.of Ca.Press.
For the best examples of how the Right thinks about welfare see:
Arnn, Peter P.and Douglas Jeffrey. 1993. Moral Ideas for America. Claremont Ca: The Claremont Institute.
Auster, Lawrence. 1993. The Path to National Suicide.
For the view that immigration is not so bad, just the welfare states support of aliens after they arrive, see Ron K Unz, "Immigration or the Welfare State: Which is the Real Enemy?", Policy Review, (Fall 1994). For a lively and revealing debate on the issue, see comments on Unz' article in the