THE NEW RIGHT by

THE NEW RIGHT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the YA mode of superficial objectivity, Taylor strings together a plethora of quotes from ""Moral Majority"" leaders, with wrap-ups of his own that spell out for readers what the movement sees as its issues and goals. There is also a very general look at the movement's political activities and campaign practices and a chapter of quotes from critics--the ACLU, Bill Meyers, defeated liberal senators--with answers from Falwell and others on the church-state separation issue. As for the future--""only time will tell."" Taylor doesn't try to analyze the arguments or their appeal; he doesn't look beyond the quotations to shifts in position by Falwell, for example, or to contradictions within the movement (the leaders' uglier statements are also ignored); nor does he provide any historic, political, or philosophical context in which to view the statements. What young people need is not a synopsis of the current wave of simplistic reaction, but a broader grounding that would enable them to deal with such movements in whatever form they might take--and with the complex problems to which the New Right is reacting.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1981
Publisher: Watts