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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

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

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

Movement Conservatism Was Dying Before Trump

By | 2018-02-25T13:36:08+00:00 February 24th, 2018|

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is upon us, and its speakers list has caused some longtime conservatives to bemoan the state of the movement. Noting the invitation of French National Front leader Marion LePen, former UKIP head Nigel Farage, and others whose provenance lay soundly in what Steve Bannon called the “economic

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