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I Want None of This

Apparently, some conservatives are trying to fuse social conservatism with economic populism. With a bit of hawkish international projection of power thrown in.  Barf.  The only possible good outcome of this is that maybe it might lead to a redrawing of political lines between such big government folks and libertarians, but I am not that hopeful.  Does anyone really doubt that we are heading back to the bad old days of the 1970s?

Posted on January 24, 2008 at 12:34 PM | Permalink


In answer to your question, no. It will be interesting to monitor our "progress" by comparing future social policies implemented in the U.S. to that of say, Venezuela. (Sorry, I'm rather curmudgeonly today.)

Posted by: James Ament | Jan 24, 2008 12:56:34 PM

Social conservatism + economic populism + hawkish international projection = fascism. What differentiates conservatives from the bad guys is a belief in liberty. That's not consistent with economic populism.

Posted by: Van Helsing | Jan 24, 2008 6:00:49 PM

This article and your interpretation of it seem to give an awful lot of credit to the New York Times as an arbiter of the future of conservatism. Couldn't the Times' thought process be interpreted more reasonably as (yet another) indicator of how clueless they are?

The populism/social conservatism approach has been the core of the Huckabee campaign. Based on how well Huck is doing, I'd say there's not much to worry about.

Posted by: BobH | Jan 27, 2008 1:41:46 PM

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