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Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of FearFrom Absolutism to Neo-Conservatism$
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Marc Mulholland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653577.001.0001

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The Pivot of’68: New Left and New Right

The Pivot of’68: New Left and New Right

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(p.237) 13 The Pivot of’68: New Left and New Right
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Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear
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Marc Mulholland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653577.003.0014

America fought the Vietnam War as a warrant for its solidity as an anti-Communist ally. In so doing, it brought to the surface widespread concerns that consumerist capitalism was being corrupted by militarism and ethical hypocrisy. The movements of 1968 rejected the shades of pre-war authoritarianism and intimations of neo-authoritarianism. In this, it was successful to a considerable degree. With the state partly de-legitimized, New Left and New Right ideas jostled for succession. As post-war capitalism entered into crisis, due to a squeeze on bourgeois income from a militant labour movement, Neo-Liberalism emerged as the bearer of libertarianism. Democratic revolution in the Mediterranean indicated that the threat of social revolution was now far more easily contained. Euro-Communism presaged a drawing of the claws of ‘proletarian democracy’.

Keywords:   Vietnam War, 1968, New Left, New Right, Neo-Liberalism, Mediterranean Revolutions, Euro-Communism

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