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Lebanon Change Country. Shop By Category. My Orders. Track Orders. Change Language. Arabic English. Important Links. The heavy lifting of constructing a transnational New Right happened in organizations specifically dedicated to this purpose. A constellation of institutions, new and old, layered individual connections atop a sort of clearinghouse approach to right-wing organizing: activists seeking to combat the threat of global Marxism, moral dissolution, and modernism looked to extant organizations and leaders from around the world, including standout connections in Brazil.
The International Policy Forum was one such organization, perhaps the example par excellence. The IPF has received comparatively little scholarly attention, yet this group brought together a hemispheric coterie of right-wing celebrities and power-brokers and created the space in which these actors could draft a common agenda. In the late s and s, the burgeoning Christian Right made something of a darling out of Weyrich, a tireless and seemingly omnipresent force which secured the various ideological and operational joists of the New Right.
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Far-right celebrities appeared to depend on him, and conservative publications of the s fairly worshipped him. A Catholic, Weyrich became a major supporter of evangelical conservatives, offering advice, moral and tactical support, and even financial assistance to fundamentalists Williams , 7. As such, he virtually brokered the unorthodox collaboration necessary to link conservatives generally anti-ecumenists across the lines of faith in the United States. At the heart of this vision lay the topics that would bind the transnational New Right together.
These issues, of course, now constitute familiar planks in a right-wing platform. Echoing, as I have elsewhere shown, Brazilian evangelical operatives in the s and s Cowan That career, though mentioned by certain scholars, has remained mired in some historiographical shadow. Alongside his better-known projects, Weyrich founded the International Policy Forum, designed explicitly to consolidate right-wing leaders across national borders in just the way Weyrich had sought to unite them domestically.
As the plan made clear, the core values established as common ground for all members would mirror the neoconservative platform then developing among activists like Weyrich and his counterparts in Brazil and elsewhere. The IPF would oppose welfare states, communism, immorality, and secularism, and would provide a communicative space in which members could train together and share tactics.
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Attendees will learn from each other new ways to halt the spread of Marxist totalitarianism. From its early days, the IPF was designed to impress and even intimidate potential members and enemies alike, using a combination of calculated exclusivity, propagandistic promotional material, and associations with power and influence. We are an organization of movement-oriented, conservative leaders. Source: International Policy Forum Prospectus, [n. Bernard Cardinal Law, Richard J.
Neuhaus, John Singlaub, and Australian-born Fred Schwarz all addressed the group, alongside Reagan administration functionaries, including Ambassador Faith Whittlesey; these Americans were joined by an ever-increasing coterie of international speakers from the Americas, Europe, and eventually the Middle East and Asia. Beyond the IPF meetings, Weyrich and Blackwell trotted the globe as individual foot-soldiers of right-wing visibility and coalition-building.
Weyrich gave interviews, made speeches, and arduously courted the far-right groups of the Americas, including Brazil. In Argentina, he told journalists of the need for a sharp, domestic and international turn to the right. Significantly, for our purposes, Weyrich represented himself and was received abroad as the point of the New Right spear—an innovator and a pioneer, but also a collaborator.
The audiences note and appreciate the difference. This relationship is remembered with particular warmth by tefepistas TFP members in Brazil and abroad. Weyrich was also a good friend of the American TFP. Since the early eighties, he regularly met with Mr. Over the years, Mr. Weyrich had proven to be an invaluable friend. Indicating the success of the effort to link arms ideologically across the hemisphere, Weyrich remarked,.
Allow me to say, in conclusion, that I consider it a great privilege to be here. The conversations I have had with your leader have been the most extraordinary of my entire political life.
And I thank you for being here because you all honor me with your presence. In our battles, both the United States and in the world , the TFP is one of the few trustworthy and truly coherent organizations with which we can associate.
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And we thank God for your existence and hope that you continue in this great struggle. And we will continue to collaborate with you in our country. As Margaret Power has pointed out in her landmark study of American links to the TFP, Weyrich was matched on this front by Blackwell, whose ties to the organization in the United States and Brazil developed both breadth and depth. Loath to acknowledge the capabilities of foreign conservatives at least relative to those of himself and his compatriots , Blackwell nevertheless deemed Brazilians peculiarly impressive.
I do training programs abroad, and Mario would keep track of where I was going and in a number of countries… he would ask me if I would be willing to meet and talk with TFP members in that country. Following in the footsteps of the Schlaflys, Blackwell offered advice and support to TFP in Brazil, which he also visited and addressed. IPF and its strong connections to Brazil are indicative of how major figures in the conservative movement actively built transnational linkages as a means of simultaneously strengthening domestic efforts and constructing international coalitions in defense of traditional Christianity.
Nevertheless, my excursus above on IPF in some ways constitutes a feint, as the Brazilian TFP itself acted with equal eagerness and alacrity to create a transnational web of anticommunist neoconservatism, one that overlapped and interlinked with the work of people like Weyrich and Blackwell in the United States and elsewhere. Even today, the TFP remains a source of inspiration and a model for arch-conservative Catholics outside its ranks Quadros ; Cowan a; Cowan ; Zanotto More remarkably for our current purposes, the TFP cultivated and maintained relationships with the most active global New Right and extremist organizations of the s and s, placing itself at the center of various efforts to foster cooperation.
Oliveira himself traveled and spoke abroad, but the organization also dedicated particular agents to planting its seeds across the world. Navarro da Costa had counterparts elsewhere. Born in Curitiba in , Schaffer joined the TFP in , then spent decades raising funds, visibility, and chapter presence for the organization.
The TFP credits him with founding the Canadian and Austrian divisions, which he directed for some time in the s and s, respectively. True to form, he introduced direct mail systems similar to those promoted in the early s by IPF. As of , in fact, Schaffer was apparently living in Vienna, and still affiliated with the national TFP there Others also assisted in linking TFP to like-minded conservatives around the world — as far away as the Philippines, but particularly in the United States In part, this must have been because key players from Brazil visited and collaborated with the leadership and rank and file of TFP-USA.
As early as , as Weyrich was just arriving in Washington, D. McIntire was an inflammatory, even infamous figure in the United States and as we shall see in Brazil. Most strikingly for our current purposes, McIntire had built a reputation as a ferocious anti-Catholic. McIntire, in fact, was only one of many avenues that the organization pursued in its drive to transnationally lead a united religious Right. TFP agents like Mario Navarro da Costa and Carlos Eduardo Schaffer fanned out across the hemisphere and the globe, and created links with other countries and with other organizations, some of them notable — or notorious.
Secretive and often disreputable, the League has been alternately fueled by and the subject of divergent conspiracy theories across the decades. In the absence of TFP, however, other extremists were quite willing to represent Brazil.
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As assiduous members of a transnational far-right community, Brazilians had been key WACL activists even before its inception, via the institutions that preceded it. Barbieri served as a Latin American agent for WACL, thus connecting it with the most shadowy of anticommunists in the hemisphere. Sigaud, whose connection with the TFP stemmed from his own penchant for medievalesque Catholicism, informed the gathered delegates that progressive Catholic enemies of his government including high school students were the enemies of all anticommunists The connections I have sketched above show the ways in which the predominance of Evangelical neoconservatism — or of identitarian neoconservatism that counts on staunch Evangelical support even for a Donald Trump, a Michel Temer, or an Eduardo Cunha type — emerged from contexts that were cooperative and transnational.
As noted above, this essay represents something of a case study, a window into a larger body of research, in which the kinds of relationships I have sketched here proliferate. Those relationships reveal the importance not only of a transnational perspective on recent conservatisms but of Brazil and Brazilians in their development.
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