Letter to the Editor
Aug. 8, 2019
Re: ‘Rise of the right built on hate and fear’ Irish Examiner, Aug. 7, 2019, 12:00 AM, <https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/ourview/rise-of-the-right-built-on-hate-and-fear-942195.html>.
Your author attempted to link attending a Young America’s Foundation conference to recent shootings in the United States—and asserted that there was a “commonality” rooted in “growing intolerance morphing into hate.” This is not only unfair, but quite untrue. YAF and its sister organization with a similar name, Young Americans for Freedom, go back to 1960, with the publication of the famous Sharon Statement.
YAF had and has three core missions; they relate to supporting and educating the American public—particularly on college campuses—in regard to:  individual liberty / limited government;  the free-market economy; and  a strong national defence / anti-communism. These are mainstream American political positions, and the people who have and continue to advocate for these views have not engaged in anything but normal democratic politics.
For a good history of YAF and other similar American right-of-centre organisations, which like so much of American conservatism is misunderstood in Ireland and in wider Europe, see George H. Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in American since 1945 (1976). It is a short book, and so very helpful for the beginner.
Seth Barrett Tillman
YAF website link: <https://www.yaf.org/about/>; and,
Sharon Statement link: <https://www.yaf.org/news/the-sharon-statement/>.
Seth Barrett Tillman, Letter to The Irish Examiner on Young America’s Foundation, New Reform Club (Aug 9, 2019, 10:22 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2019/08/letter-to-irish-examiner-on-young.html>.