Conservative Movement, RIP
Nearly sixty years after the New Deal, the American Right is no closer to challenging its fundamental premises and machinery than when Old Rubberlegs first started priming the pump and scheming to take the United States into a war that turned out to be a social and political revolution. American conservatism, in other words, is a failure, and all the think tanks, magazines, direct-mail barons, inaugural balls, and campaign buttons cannot disguise or alter it. Virtually every cause to which conservatives have attached themselves for the past three generations has been lost, and the tide of political and cultural battle is not likely to turn anytime soon.
Read the rest by clicking here and scrolling to May. The essay originally appeared in symposium in Chronicles magazine in 1991. I miss Sam.
If you are interested in my much less insightful musings on the state of conservatism, click here, here, here, and here.