There are lots of people who are already very serious about tackling crony capitalism. We certainly are and have been for a long time. But always good to see people joining the ranks.
(From The National Review)
Indeed, an anti-cronyist agenda is implicit in much of the conservative reform agenda of our time, across a broad range of issues. But it is important that conservatives make it much more explicit. This would help to clarify both the substantive centrality and the political necessity of the fight against cronyism for our larger cause, and would help voters see that it is the champions of the liberal welfare state, not their conservative critics, who stand for crony capitalism today.
The failure to advance this argument is an instance of a larger pattern in which conservatives have become disconnected from public concerns because we have forgotten the foundations of our own view of the world. A complacent repetition of vague slogans about freedom too often turns the Right into a caricature of itself. A concerted reengagement with the actual conservative case for freedom would instead let the Right offer serious answers to today’s most pressing public concerns.
It has to be noted that the term “conservative” like the word “liberal” is in serious flux today. We, though we are highly sympathetic to the analysis in the attached article are not “conservatives” per se. We are classical liberals. We want a freer world, with more opportunity, less crony capitalism, more actualization for individuals, and less micromanagement. We are not interested fighting a rear guard battle forever with the statists leading the way. WE need to lead the way