‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Ruy Teixeira is optimistic about a progressive triumph against Trump and the Republicans. "Liberals Will Beat Trump in the End," he wrote in Washington Post: "The dominant ideology in the United States is one that combines 'symbolic conservatism' (honoring tradition, distrusting novelty, embracing the conservative label) with “operational liberalism” (wanting government to take more action in … Continue reading ‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Are Liberals Helping Trump?

Conservative voters feel assaulted by "moral Bolshevism," a belief that the liberal vision is the only right one. https://t.co/XUFaRSE12k SABRINA TAVERNISE in the NYT asks if liberals are helping Trump by expressing such intolerance for conservative beliefs, and pushing people who aren't comfortable with many of Trump's actions into his camp. She reports on interviews with … Continue reading Are Liberals Helping Trump?

Anger and Mourning on the American Right

In "Strangers in the Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right," sociologist Arlie Hochschild probes the emotions of America's conservative base, to understand those who see government as more of a problem than solution, to "build the scaffolding of an empathy bridge." "We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with 'the other' … Continue reading Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Straw Man Arguments from Dennis Prager Offer False Choices Between Extremes

I have asked some of my conservative friends who rail frequently against "liberals" to define what a liberal is. They have trouble doing so, aside from a silly "good/bad" dichotomy, or to repeat memes such as "liberalism is a mental disorder" -- certainly not something that could ever be used in a classroom to try … Continue reading Straw Man Arguments from Dennis Prager Offer False Choices Between Extremes

I Might Be a Conservative in Britain

My conservative friends in America who rant against "liberalism" around the world do not seem well-informed. They don't seem to realize how isolated or narrow American conservatism appears to conservatives in, say, Britain. American conservatism tends to exalt individual autonomy over responsibility for others, complaining bitterly of the tax burden on those making more than … Continue reading I Might Be a Conservative in Britain

Insightful, Principled Conservative Commentary

Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post's Right Turn blog has posted some insightful commentary on the Republican primaries. She tries to adhere to conservative principles rather than simply short-term wins and power-grabs.  She's extremely critical of Donald Trump, whom she calls a charlatan, totalitarian and con man. Republicans should listen to Robert Gates. Trumps keeps … Continue reading Insightful, Principled Conservative Commentary