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Researching the Right Wing 

Conservatism is the natural ideology of big business and the upper class.  Large corporations and wealthy capitalists play important roles in creating and funding the network of conservative politicians, think tanks, advocacy organizations, publications, and media pundits that make up the American Right.  But conservatism is not limited to members of the power elite.  Right-wing ideologies also appeal to segments of the middle and working classes and these grassroots supporters of the Right are often important allies of the power elite in its efforts to block the demands of labor and other progressive movements.  The American Right is therefore an uneasy coalition of elite and non-elite elements and the relationship between these two is an important topic for power structure research.  The following sites are useful monitoring the various political groups and ideological tendencies that make up the American Right.  

  • Town Hall: Conservative News and Information.  This is the most comprehensive web site operated by and for the American Right.  The "RightPages" page provides links to many right-wing groups.  Highly recommended.

  • Right Links.  More links to right-wing sites, courtesy of the Conservative Caucus.

  • Right Web.  A project of the Institute for Policy Studies, this website monitors organizations and individuals that promote militarist U.S. foreign and defense policies.  The site provides an extensive collection of informative profiles on organizations and personalities of the American Right, along with feature articles on specific political topics. Highly recommended.

  • Bridge Project.  This site describes itself as dedicated to exposing the conservative movement's dishonest tactics, dismantling its extreme ideology, and shining light on the moneyed special interests that fund it.  Highly recommended.

  • Political Research Associates.  Liberal analysis and links to right-wing groups.  The emphasis is on extremist groups, but also covers the mainstream Right.  Highly recommended.

  • People for the American Way.  A liberal watchdog group with extensive information on the Christian Right.

  • Interfaith Alliance.  Good resources on the Christian Right.

Copyright 2012 by Val Burris