tomwoods.com / Tom Woods / 28th October 2016
Phrases like “an ambitious governing agenda” make me want to commit an atrocity. Especially when uttered by a so-called conservative.
David Brooks is what the New York Times serves up to America as a conservative. He plays his duly appointed role well: he challenges no p.c. platitude, has no especially edgy (or even particularly interesting) ideas, and in general is vastly more at home with the New York Timeseditorial board than he is with middle America.
And David Brooks is super excited about where Conservatism, Inc., is headed.
Of course, Conservatism, Inc., has been completely routed over the past 18 months, totally unable to prevent the rise of Donald Trump despite its unprecedented denunciations.
But things are bright, says Brooks. (Warning: here comes “an ambitious governing agenda.”)
I’m insanely optimistic about a conservative rebound. That’s because of an observation the writer Yuval Levin once made: That while most of the crazy progressives are young, most of the crazy conservatives are old. Conservatism is now being led astray by its seniors, but its young people are pretty great…. Conservatism’s best ideas are coming from youngish reformicons who have crafted an ambitious governing agenda (completely ignored by Trump).
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