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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 11:37 AM
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17. Don't forget Lemuel Boulware
From A review of The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of His Conversion to Conservatism (by Thomas W. Evans)

Based on a newly discovered collection of private papers as well as interviews and corporate documents, The Education of Ronald Reagan offers new insights into Reagan's ideological development and his political ascendancy. Thomas W. Evans links the eight years (1954-1962) in which Reagan worked for General Electricacting as host of its television program, GE Theater, and traveling the country as the company's public-relations envoy-to his conversion to conservatism.

In particular, Evans reveals the profound influence of GE executive Lemuel Boulware, who would become Reagan's political and ideological mentor. Boulware, known for his tough stance against union officials and his innovative corporate strategies to win over workers, championed the core tenets of modern American conservatism-free-market fundamentalism, anticommunism, lower taxes, and limited government. Building on the ideas and influence of Boulware, Reagan would soon begin his rise as a national political figure and an icon of the American conservative movement.


http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-13860-4/the-educ...
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