The Social Origins of American Conservatism - Podcast #18

American conservatism had a very heavy Catholic orientation in its early days that continues to the present. The normative status of Catholicism within conservatism is attested by the large number of Catholic converts among its intellectual cadre, from Frank Meyer and Brent Bozell at the beginning to Ross Douthat and Rusty Reno today. By contrast, the voting base of the Republican party is heavily Evangelical Protestant. This fissure underlies a number of the dynamics of conservative politics in recent years and poses challenges for both the conservative elite and base alike.

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