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Big Tent or Freakshow? The American Conservative Movement

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Will the conservative movement in America rule again or has it seen its best days? What is the conservative movement today—is it driven by social issues, laissez-faire capitalism or foreign policy considerations? How do libertarians and the Tea Party fit into the movement? How true is its characterization in the press as a movement of gun-toting, sexist, homophobic and racist old white men? Professor Factor will explain the dynamics of modern conservative circus and will address whether its future is as a big tent or as a freakshow on the American political stage. His new book on the conservative intellectual tradition in America, Big Tent, is forthcoming from HarperCollins on April 8th.


Mallory Factor will be a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge for the 2014-15 academic year and also serves as Senior Visiting Mellon Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Cambridge in 2014. Professor Factor is the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at The Citadel, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a FOX News contributor. He is also senior fellow at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was previously senior fellow to the House Republican Policy Committee from 2007 to 2011. He is the author of Shadowbosses, a New York Times bestseller.

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