Today, the conservative intellectuals who first came together in defense of Trumpism and under the banner of National Conservatism are preparing the ideological terrain for a post-liberal America. Not to take them seriously betrays a historical naïveté and a fetishization of the intellect—as if intelligence has never walked alongside moral and political horror—as well as a dreadful overconfidence in the immediate appeal of the liberal democratic worldview.
Whoa there, cowpoke. Who exactly is threatening "to destroy the traditions and conceptual foundations of western democracies"? Sissy liberals? Or the kind of shitheel who wants "western democracy" to mean oligarchy, rule by the elites, a limited franchise & so on? These vast intellects are living in Bizarro World, & the AT&T/Warner Bros./DC Comics industrial complex should evict them directly to lunatic asylums.Laura Field / New Republic:Pro-Trump Professors Are Plotting an Authoritarian Comeback — On Halloween, the second National Conservatism conference, or NatCon II, will kick off in Orlando, Florida. It is hard to know quite what to make of the lineup for the three-day fest, which boasts a few household names …Brad Reed / Raw Story: These far-right intellectuals saw Trump's presidency as a ‘trial balloon’ — and have much worse things plannedAdam Ellwanger / The American Mind: Preparing the Way Ahead — In the summer of 2019, just a few months before the onset of the pandemic, a few dozen right-leaning intellectuals met in Washington, D.C. They came together because they shared a feeling that America was at a dangerous impasse—one in which liberal ideology, approaching its sociocultural endgame, threatened to destroy the traditions and conceptual foundations of western democracies. This conference, dubbed “National Conservatism,” made news across the world. Organized by the Edmund Burke Foundation, the conference is now viewed by some as the beginning of the intellectual effort to galvanize a new coalition of political tribes that might be equipped to resist the looming threats to western life—both at home and abroad.
Why "western" democracies? Perhaps western ones are special simply because they're, you know, "western", which, I must suspect, means "