The truth is that conservatives are right to feel that their own moderates are sell-outs. To be (even moderately) a moderate is to leave the Republican Party—to be what Buckley called an immoral Middle-of-the-Roader. To accept Enlightenment values—reason, facts, science, open-mindedness, tolerance, secularity, modernity—is to lower one’s guard against evils like evolution, concern about global warming, human equality across racial and sexual and religious lines—things Republicans have opposed for years and will not let their own members sell out to.
Probably the best take on what’s happening on the right. The illusion that the right was all about free markets and limited government (with family values and national security thrown […]
We are documenting (here) how much of the right in general, and Trump in particular, are delegitimizing a whole raft of US institutions, like election procedures and outcomes, political adversaries, government in […]
On the one hand, Trump posed himself as the law and order candidate, just like Nixon did. On the other, he has remarkable criticism in numerous specific cases, so are […]
It’s really the only moderating force left, but Trump’s attacks on globalization and trade go directly against their interests.. Nominating a charlatan for president is the most obvious indication of […]