This brief pulls together examples of how corporate figures, right-wing organizations, and conservative politicians talk about the role of government—or the lack thereof—in American life.

What emerges is a sobering reality: Attacking government, perhaps more than any other idea or issue, has unified right-wing forces, from white supremacists to the religious right. And it’s been weaponized to oppose a wide range of policies and programs, from education to ensuring civil rights.


For a more detailed analysis of the 40-year assault on government, read “Dismantling Democracy: The forty-year attack on government, and the long game for the common good” by In the Public Interest’s executive director, Donald Cohen.

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