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photoConservatism reaches deep into American culture and politics, rooted in Puritan morality, Christian religiosity, and even the Wild West.

Adrian Wooldridge of The Economist, says that those on the right are the ruling party in the country. And that it is conservatism not liberalism that illuminates the character of the nation. And, he argues, history can help explain why the left-leaning politics of Hollywood and Manhattan are the exception, not the rule.

Click one of the "Listen" links for a look at American conservatism and what it means for the nation, the world and the presidential election this fall.

Guests:

Adrian Wooldridge, co-author of "The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America"

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on August 24, 2004.

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