Conservative ideas that were once at the fringes of political discourse moved into the center of American politics by the end of the century due to many factors.  Factors included the rise of union power, a perceived threat on the way of life for the wealthy industrialists, and the embracement by the general population of the New Deal “welfare” policies rather than laissez-faire economics.

At the conclusion of World War II, the United States stepped into the industrial vacuum caused by the demise of Japanese and European factories and production of goods.  This allowed the rise of unions and negotiating power, after decades of the job sites being ruled by this new type of “aristocracy” that industrialists had become.  Economically, these aristocrats saw the socialistic tendencies of the New Deal, which did not allow survival of the fittest (Social Darwinism), but rather a helping hand to those who were down and out, in need of assistance.  This premise attacked the basis of a laissez-faire economic system that the industrialists supported.

In order to combat this perceived threat, many successful businessmen began looking at ways to help preserve their way of life.  Several organizations were formed Mont Pelerin Society, or strengthened, such as the Chamber of Commerce.

 

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