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Conservatism Inc.’s Giddiness Affirmed

By | 2016-10-16T09:15:29+00:00 October 16th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Adam White, a research fellow of the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., asked me if I could envision any circumstance that might cause me not to support Trump. I responded—like any sensible person would—that of course I could. Now he wants go through every possible action, revelation, or eventuality and have me serially affirm or

Julie Ponzi on the Failures of ‘Conservatism, Inc.’

By | 2019-01-14T11:56:31+00:00 January 14th, 2019|

American Greatness senior editor Julie Ponzi, joined Matt Dunn of Colorado's "Backbone Radio" program to discuss how the failure of Conservatism, Inc. to move beyond the sloganeering that developed in the last several decades made it incapable of responding to our current political moment. The shifting political ground has provided an opportunity for

Conservatism, Inc. Conserves Only Itself

By | 2019-01-11T20:30:51+00:00 January 10th, 2019|

In the wake of the Weekly Standard’s unceremonious demise, William Kristol and a few of his NeverTrump comrades have transformed a formerly news-aggregating site, The Bulwark, into “a forum for rational, principled, fact-based conservative commentary.” This description is buried in the slam poetry of editor-in-chief Charlie Sykes’ note to readers, which opens with

The Radicalism of Conservatism, Inc.

By | 2018-11-19T22:14:10+00:00 November 20th, 2018|

Mainstream conservatives, sometimes rightly mocked as Conservatism, Inc.™, have managed to conserve very little. Instead, during the Bush years and through to the present, their rhetoric and policies demonstrate that they function chiefly as the palace guard for yesterday’s liberalism. The rot of Conservatism, Inc. is so profound, that a great many younger

Salaries Skyrocket for the Scrooge McDucks of Conservatism, Inc.

By | 2018-05-28T08:51:46+00:00 May 27th, 2018|

Salaries are skyrocketing for the Scrooge McDucks—a.k.a the CEOs—of the think tank sector of Conservatism, Inc. But their work and influence doesn't come close to matching such outsized pay. Over at American Affairs, there's a very interesting piece showing the salaries of think tank CEOs—especially those of conservative think tanks—rising "faster on average than for-profit executive

Conservatism, Inc. Collides with the Real World

By | 2018-05-23T15:14:27+00:00 May 24th, 2018|

The saga of Kanye West’s recent transformation into a free-thinking, ostensibly right-leaning Twitter phenomenon brings with it interesting developments for the Right. One of these results is a widening of the divisions among what I like to call the “Young Right.” At the epicenter of this divide is the organization Turning Point USA,

It’s Clear That Conservatism, Inc. Wants Trump To Lose

By | 2018-03-29T17:21:09+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

Jonathan V. Last—one of the only conservatives still worth reading—took after me on Twitter the other day. Since I can’t stand Twitter, I’m replying here. Last’s point, which is not new, is that Trump is doing terribly, so I must be terribly depressed right about now. Well, I’m not feeling tip-top, J. V.! You? I

Who Said It, Hillary Clinton or Conservatism, Inc.?

By | 2016-09-10T13:17:00+00:00 September 10th, 2016|

  In light of Hillary Clinton calling Trump supporters a "basket of deplorables" I thought it would be fun to play a game.  There has been a lot of moral preening on the intellectual Right combined with talk about keeping the sacred flame of True Conservatism™ alive.  Tellingly, there has been much more talk about

Obama’s Con-Job ‘Conservatism’

By | 2018-09-12T21:54:52+00:00 September 12th, 2018|

Some “conservatives” never learn and continue to live under mental delusions. Barack Obama has commanded their souls and continues to do so today. His public return to politics, first with his South Africa speech and last week with his campaign speech disguised as an award acceptance speech in Illinois, repeat the centrist show

Conservatism’s Flirtation with Feminism is Suicidal

By | 2018-05-12T07:58:32+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

As any longtime listener to President Trump’s political rhetoric knows, the president is fond of reciting Al Wilson’s classic song “The Snake.” The president usually uses the song as a metaphor for the incursion of Islamic terrorists, but its message applies just as strongly to the attempts by unwelcome infiltrators of all types