The new conservatism, cont.
The other week I said that, as a result of the Palin nomination, a new conservatism has come into existence, or at least has been brought to the fore, replacing the conservatism we thought we knew, and that I didn’t have a name for it yet. Carol Iannone’s powerful comment today revealing the core idea of this new movement gives me an idea of what it should be called: “the Cult of Natalism for the Sake of Natalism,” or, better, “Christians for Illegitimacy.”
Bruce B. writes (September 16):
I don’t think it’s a new kind of conservatism that needs a name. I think it’s something you identified years ago. Today’s conservatives define themselves by their opposition to the left. This is just an example of that phenomenon.LA replies:
Hmm…. [thinking]Bruce B. replies:
Agreed but I think there’s a deeper meaning than just beating the left. If something or someone seems to contrast strongly with the left then it really does seem conservative to them. I think this is the deeper meaning of what you wrote about conservatives defining themselves by their opposition to the left. They don’t start at first principles.LA replies:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 15, 2008 12:18 PM | Send