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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

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

By | 2016-10-14T08:31:29+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

Conservatism Must First Recover What It Seeks to Conserve

By | 2017-07-06T14:21:10+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|

Since the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president, essays about conservatism—what it is, how it ought to relate to Trump—are all the rage. Some—like Greg Weiner’s “Conservatism’s Constitutional Moment”—argue that the right way to understand conservatism is to view it as a disposition committed to conservation. Without that orientation, he

Who Cares About ‘Conservatism’?

By | 2017-02-26T17:46:21+00:00 February 26th, 2017|

Elite movement conservatives still do not understand what the 2016 election means for conservatism. Many have not evinced even the slightest bit of introspection or curiosity about whether conservatism, in light of its manifest failures, can—or even should—continue on as it’s currently constituted. The very hint that something—anything—needs to change sends waves of paroxysms through

How Conservatism Failed Millennials and Created ‘Generation Trump’

By | 2016-07-20T17:22:29+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Tags: , , |

  It’s easy to hate Millennials. Has there ever been a generation easier to hate? They’re rude, historically illiterate, smug, smartphone-obsessed, and more interested in Internet memes than in carefully written, thoughtful political think pieces. We have all been at least mildly annoyed by the ironic T-shirt-wearing hipster in our local Starbucks, the delusional college

I Love a Parade

By | 2018-02-10T14:30:17+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

U.S. Army tanks pass Eisenhower's reviewing stand during the Inaugural parade. Jan 21, 1957. (Everett Collection Historical / Alamy Stock Photo) After his Bastille Day visit last year with French President Emmanuel Macron, President Trump left with a new idea: to stage an American military parade after the French model. Having

Buskirk Talks ‘American Greatness’ on Laura Ingraham

By | 2017-08-04T21:37:14+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

EXCERPT: American Greatness publisher Chris Buskirk joined John Hinderaker on the Laura Ingraham Show to discuss his new book, co-authored with Seth Liebsohn. John Hinderaker: Welcome back to the Laura Ingraham Show, your healthy radio addiction. I'm John Hinderaker from Power Line filling in for Laura today. We are joined now by

The Hollowness of the Conservative Intellectual Elite

By | 2017-07-18T13:11:26+00:00 July 14th, 2017|

The rise of Donald Trump not only highlights the fecklessness of the political class but also the blindness of the conservative intellectual elite. Conservatism Inc., the vast apparatus of thinks tanks, policy journals, and periodicals that have formed the intellectual foundation for the Right over the past few decades, has failed to deliver