Willis E. Stone watched aghast as mid-century liberals expanded the size and power
of the federal government. Stone, a former industrial engineer and unbending anti-statist,
believed this liberal surge obfuscated and abetted an imminent red tide of communism.
He founded the American Progress Foundation and its flagship periodical, American Progress, to spread a hardline libertarian message, hoping to spark conservative resistance
against federal power. In the pages of American Progress, Stone and a coterie of other right-wingers published conspiratorial, anti-statist
diatribes and promoted Stone’s proposal, the Liberty Amendment, to repeal the Sixteenth
Amendment. Right-wing business owners joined the fray, sponsoring American Progress through advertisements, and over time Stone’s movement expanded to form a collaborative
network with other far-right groups. This article illustrates how American Progress served as an activist and ideological nexus for the broader ultraconservative movement,
which helped establish a hardline brand of libertarianism that reverberated throughout
the modern American Right. Furthermore, by analysing the scope and influence of radical
right-wing publications, this article provides a critical counterweight to the traditional
left-wing focus of periodical studies.