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Unstable Antistatism: The Left, the Right, and "The Outlaw Josey Wales"

Joseph E. Lowndes
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
Vol. 16, No. 2 (Winter, 2002), pp. 237-253
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20020161
Page Count: 17
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Unstable Antistatism: The Left, the Right, and "The Outlaw Josey Wales"
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Abstract

This essay is an examination of the diverse origins of modern conservative antistatism in the United States through an analysis of the 1976 film The Outlaw Josey Wales, and the book on which it was based. The consolidation of a conservative politics in the 1970s was achieved in part by the Right's appropriation of New Left antistatism via older forms of racial discourse. This emphasis on New Left influence helps explain the rise of the New Right in a way that is missed in conventional accounts, while demonstrating more generally that political discourse is always contingent and unstable, and open to unintended articulations.

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