January 18, 2014

THAT 70's SHOW:

The Ice Is Breaking Part III: Tea Party Institutions And Conservative Reformism (Pete Spiliakos, 1/17/14, Postmodern Conservatism)

Two National Review reporters have taken prominent positions in right-leaning institutions. This is good news for the country.

Over the last eight or so years, a group of conservative writers (Ross Douthat, Yuval Levin, Reihan Salam, Ramesh Ponnuru and many - though not enough - others) have tried to shift the right in the direction of a middle-class politics that focuses on the problems of today rather than the problems of the Reagan Era.

That is difficult for multiple reasons. Many people in the conservative base (which skews older than the country in general) had their sensibilities formed in the seventies and eighties. Earlier in the week, a local conservative talk show host asked callers to talk about when they shifted right. The most recent conversion experience I heard recounted was set in 1984. 

One of the main dangers of conservatism (along with reaction and race) will always be that sort of backwards-looking politics. It's why you still hear the Right arguing that it can do away with the Second Way and return to the First. 

Anglospheric Conservatism is progressive and has moved on to the Third.  
Posted by at January 18, 2014 8:52 AM
  
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