For all of my life it appears there has all the time been a “new proper” in view. “New proper” has been used because the Fifties at the very least, and the “new proper” of the Seventies appears distinctly outdated at present. The brand new “new proper” at present is, as steadily talked about right here, “nationwide conservatism.” Therefore value taking within the abstract overview of my outdated boss Christopher DeMuth, writing within the Wall Street Journal over the weekend:
In the present day we’re in a brand new period of conservative discontent. The nationwide conservatives are on the ramparts in opposition to the brand new established order of woke progressivism in authorities, the navy, enterprise, schooling, tradition and media. Lots of them are additionally dismissive of the conservatism of Buckley & Co. and Ronald Reagan and their legacy of journals, suppose tanks and coverage doctrines that grew to become a settled Washington institution by the 2000s and 2010s.
Of their view, that institution was complicit in progressivism’s political ascent. American conservatism grew to become unduly connected to libertarian individualism, unfettered markets and free commerce as ends in themselves—which helped set the stage for anything-goes cultural corruption, the decline of group, household and faith, and the rise of worldwide companies and establishments that decimated the American heartland.
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