The New Conservatism and a New World Ord14

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The New Conservatism and a New World Order The Reagan Years Using modern direct mail techniques as well as the power of mass communications to  spread their message and raise funds, drawing on the ideas of conservatives like  economist Milton Friedman, journalists William F. Buckley, and George Will, and  research institutions like the Heritage Foundation, the New Right played a significant  role in defining the issues of the 1980s. The "Old” Goldwater Right had favored strict limits on government intervention in the  economy. This tendency was reinforced by a significant group of “New Right” “libertarian  conservatives” who distrusted government in general and opposed state interference in  personal behavior.  But the New Right also encompassed a stronger, often evangelical  faction determined to wield state power to encourage its views.  The New Right favored 
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Unformatted text preview: tough measures against crime, a strong national defense, a constitutional amendment to permit prayer in public schools, and opposition to abortion. The figure that drew all these disparate strands together was Ronald Reagan. Reagan, born in Illinois, achieved stardom as an actor in Hollywood movies and television before turning to politics. He first achieved political prominence with a nationwide televised speech in 1964 in support of Barry Goldwater. In 1966 Reagan won the governorship of California and served until 1975. He narrowly missed winning the Republican nomination for president in 1976 before succeeding in 1980 and going on to win the presidency from the incumbent, Jimmy Carter....
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