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Painting Conservatism Out of the Corner: A Review of William Voegeli’s Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State

Andrew Sullivan’s recent apologia—or, perhaps, obituary—of conservatism makes at least one very good point:  Modern conservatism has painted itself into a corner.  Concerning the poor and uninsured, for example, Mr. Sullivan rightly observes that “in a society that won’t let people die on the street, these are real and tough problems we cannot just wish…

Little Republics & Little Platoons

‘Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,’ said the Rat. ‘And that’s something that doesn’t matter, either to you or me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going, nor you either, if you’ve got any sense at all.’ – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows Sam Smith has a post that speaks…

Reclaiming Liberalism

Matt Yglesias responds to Freddie’s post on the dearth of truly left-wing voices in the blogosphere, and lists his own economic goals as a way to illustrate his own views on liberalism: More redistribution of money from the top to the bottom. A less paternalistic welfare state that puts more money directly in the hands…

On Certainty & Doubt

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard…

Kip’s Law Sighting: Trash Collection Edition

One of my earliest blog-buddies, Kip Esquire, used to have a running feature called “Kip’s Law Sighting.”  Kip’s Law is simply described as: “Every advocate of central planning always — always — envisions himself as the central planner.” I always found this to be a pretty succinct description of the big problem with nanny-statism and…

Narrative Over Principle: The Perils of Believing Your Own Propaganda

I’ve not got a whole heck of a lot to add to this very good paragraph from Glenn Greenwald on the whole hubbub over the propriety of the Obama Administration’s entirely speculative suggestions (with the backing of Think Progress) that the Chamber of Commerce’s election ads are funded, at least in part, by foreign contributions:…

The conservative disposition

Jason has just given you the liberal-libertarian disposition, so I thought I’d try my hand at explaining why I’m sometimes drawn to the conservative alternative. My knowledge of political philosophy is almost nil, so I’ll avoid name-checking prominent thinkers. Instead, I want to explain where I differ from Jason’s historical perspective. Jason views society as…

Patrick J. Deneen at Cato Unbound

Georgetown University’s Patrick J. Deneen opens this month’s Cato Unbound talking about one of our frequent conversation topics, Phillip Blond and his Red Tory synthesis: [L]iberal anthropology… underlies both the Left’s infatuation with the State as an agent of liberation, as well as the Right’s embrace of the Market as the primary engine of human…

Once More into the Liber-al-tarian Breach

Erik’s post today gives me a good excuse to better define and clarify what I’m talking about when I talk about liber-al-tarianism and the notion that the intermediate-term future of libertarianism lies more with the Left than the Right.  I think Erik’s analysis in that post is pretty much right on the money, but I also…

Nicholas Capaldi and the Red Tories (because when we talk about Blond we do so in triplicate)

I’ve given Phillip Blond another chance at convincing me of his vision but alas I find his final product rather incoherent at the end of the day. Writing in The American Conservative, Nicholas Capaldi touches on a number of the reasons why Blond’s vision is less than compelling. Blond, writes Capaldi, describes “what a new…

Millman’s Taxonomy ctd.

William summarizes Millman’s taxonomy (and doesn’t that roll off the tongue? You almost want to capitalize ‘taxonomy’: Millman’s Taxonomy – as if it were some well established thing…) thusly: liberal vs. conservative (attitudes toward the individual and authority) left vs. right (attitudes toward social/economic winners and losers) progressive vs. reactionary (attitude toward past and future)…

An ‘antique liberal’ by any other name

David – I wonder if what Blond is trying to do is to bridge the divide between the modern liberal state and the sort of Aristotelian or anti-modern philosophy of MacIntyre or the radical orthodoxy of Blond’s mentor, John Milbank? Rather than presenting a sort of philosophical paradox, perhaps Blond is in fact attempting to…

Sacrificing Ideology at the Altar of Culture

Jamelle writes: “In a lot of cases, the aim of liberals isn’t necessarily to massively expand the reach of government as much as it is to add some intentionality and rationality — as well as make explicit — the ways in which wealready intervene in the economy (health care reform is a perfect example of…

The Anti-Broder Center

Mark: Something I’ve been noticing lately is that the perjorative “centrist” has been getting applied with increasing regularity to an entirely new group of people by both left and right. Historically, it’s been a term that referred to establishment elites who, while having any number of letters after their name (D, R, Ind.) ultimately have…

It Can’t Happen Here

On the eve of Virginia’s absurd smoking ban, it seemed appropriate to link to Neil Clarke’s reflection on public smoking and the death of liberal England. Granted, Clarke is an old socialist with about as much appreciation for private property as Lenin, but on this issue, he has a better sense of what it means…

The Iron Binary and Reagan’s Succession Crisis

By Kyle (of Vogue Republic) In the grand discussion of where should Conservative leaders lead and where do they go, it’s important to get a good lay of the land, a solid bearing of where Republicans and Conservatives are, and an accurate reading of where the competition is. Building off of Mark’s exploration of the…

“Taking responsibility” again.

Conor Friedersdorf has posted another entry in the “sprawling, muddled debate about the state of the right, the role dissident conservatives should play, and the wisdom of attacking talk radio hosts” that’s been playing out recently, with Conor and Rod Dreher on one side, and fellow Gentlemen Freddie, Mark, and E.D. on the other, with…

Connecting Dissidents and the Base

Jamelle’s post yesterday stimulated some thoughts in my head, not only about the question of why movement conservatives need to recognize that the Bush Administration’s failures are attributable to conservatism, but also about how Republicans can more quickly return to being a competent governing party. The other day, I struggled to think of a single unifying characteristic…

Impulses and Vectors

Responding to my defense of the value of libertarianism/blatant excuse to repost Mr. Henley’s Jester quote, OG regulars Michael Drew and Bob make some great points about the idea of libertarianism-as-vector that led me to some unexplored thoughts about ideological frameworks. First, Michael wonders whether the concept of libertarianism-as-vector means that libertarianism can be a…