Reason Writers in Commentary: Matt Welch on the Future of Conservatism

17ecplanet freedom Reason Writers in Commentary: Matt Welch on the Future of Conservatism

The
January issue of Commentary features a large cross-section
of conservative scribblers–William Kristol, Jonah Goldberg, Michael
Gerson, David Frum, David Brooks, and so on–answering the question
“What
is the future of conservatism in the wake of the 2012
election?” The magazine was nice enough to solicit my two
cents, which you can read here.
The opening and closing paragraphs:
Conservatives have long since taught themselves to handle with
tongs any political advice from non-Republican libertarians like
me. But amidst the depressing-to-some meteor shower of post-Romney
headlines about how the GOP needs to “go more libertarian,” I come
from Planet Freedom bearing unseasonably happy tidings: You don’t
need to become a heroin-legalizing, amnesty-embracing,
blame-America-firster in order to reassert conservatism’s electoral
and philosophical relevance during President Barack Obama’s second
term. No, the only two transformations required are re-learning a
grand tradition’s intellectual commitment to reducing the size and
scope of government and recalibrating electoral tactics and even
the basic selling proposition around the notion of playing defense,
not offense. [...]
More Americans
than ever think that government is trying to do too much. All
conservatives need to do now is provide those people with a
believable place to go.
For the stuff in the middle, click here.

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Reason Writers in Commentary: Matt Welch on the Future of Conservatism


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