THE COLD WAR was a global political, military, ideological, and economic struggle between the communist world, led by the Soviet Union, and the capitalist world, led by United States. Throughout the Cold War, conservatives staunchly opposed communism and attacked it on moral, political, and economic grounds.

The far left in the Western world, socialists and communists, were aligned for better or worse with the Soviet Union via its Comintern policies of spreading international communism. Meanwhile, the far right in America saw spies and communists influencing government and entertainment. Thus, despite bipartisan anticommunism in the United States, it was the right that mainly fought the great ideological battle against the communists.

Communism and American conservatism are polar opposites. Indeed, American conservatism reevolved in the second half of the ...

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