Category Archives: conservatism

Trade-offs of pluralism

Sohrab Ahmari and David French finally faced off live at Catholic University of America Thursday evening, moderated by Ross Douthat. In debating terms, it was no contest: French cleaned up. In fairness to Ahmari, his wife had a child on … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, Evangelicalism, free speech, liberalism, lifeworks, Pluralism, Religious freedom, Rights Talk, Roman Catholicism

Irenic Politics

Jonathan Haidt has said that conservatives generally understand liberals better than liberals understand conservatives. I now offer a corollary that Trump supporters understand Never Trump Conservatives no better than liberals do. Exhibit A is the premise of a column by … Continue reading

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The virtue least able to stand alone

Children reveal our instinct for fairness, the root concept in the virtue of justice. Of course, as every parent knows, that instinct is often distorted, with the desire for fairness being expressed only as “fairness for me.” Justice is a … Continue reading

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Dennis Prager’s Rohrschalk Test

A Dennis Prager column opens with a very broad-brush premise: Every non-liberal leftist — that is, nearly every Democrat running for president, New York Times and Washington Post columnist, CNN and MSNBC host, and your left-wing brother-in-law — labels every … Continue reading

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Who is Cultural Proximate to the U.S.?

There is a genuine rift in conservative thought on immigration, illustrated by contrasting takes on the National Conservatism Conference speech of Amy Wax. Much of the commentary on Wax’s comments have been reactive in the bad sense, accusing her of … Continue reading

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The GOP deathworks

What conservatives like [George] Will and I believe, and what we think Trump supporters either don’t understand or deny, is the destructive revolution in manners and mores that Donald Trump is ushering in, the enormous cultural and social blast radius … Continue reading

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On not freeloading

I’m at a point in life where I don’t have to be a freeloader, and I don’t want to be. Someone must pay for good writing or the only good writers left will be compulsives like me — those poor … Continue reading

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“Now what?” How about National Conservatism?

This morning, I sincerely suggested that there’s no sense in my (or anyone’s) mere rehearsing and re-rehearsing the core evils regularly reflected in our President’s rhetoric, even on the pretext of a new Presidential utterance confirming that he does, indeed, … Continue reading

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First-person plural

The language of politics is spoken in the first-person plural and the duty of the politician is to maintain that first-person plural in being. Sir Roger Scruton, Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition * * * This appears to … Continue reading

Posted in Anodynes & Nostrums, conservatism, lifeworks, Political Matters

French scores a TKO

Sohrab Amari (Trumpist) picked a stupid fight with David French (Never Trumpist). The gist of [Sohrab] Ahmari’s argument is this: [David] French is a classical liberal, who argues in terms suited to classical liberalism. But classical liberalism is a dead … Continue reading

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