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Opinion | Playing the Long Game for the Supreme Court - The New York Times
By Linda Greenhouse
Contributing Opinion Writer

Oct. 25, 2018

Consider two news items from last week that serve to illuminate the current reality. One was the revelation that the Heritage Foundation, a deeply conservative policy shop in Washington that has partnered with the Federalist Society in providing President Trump with judicial nominees, was running a secretive training academy for ideologically vetted judicial law clerks. The foundation suspended the program after the report.

The other was the confirmation hearing the Republicans of the Senate Judiciary Committee held (the Democratic senators boycotted it) for Allison Jones Rushing, the president’s nominee for a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Rushing’s conservative credentials are impeccable, including ties to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious-right litigating organization. Ms. Rushing clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas and for Neil Gorsuch when he was a federal appeals court judge; those clerkships evidently accounted for the “incredible wealth of judicial experience” praised by one of her Judiciary Committee supporters, Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina. She graduated from law school 11 years ago. She is 36 years old.

How do those two developments relate to each other and to the legacy of the Bork battle? Following Judge Bork’s defeat, conservatives didn’t waste time licking their wounds. They got busy building the infrastructure necessary to accomplish their thwarted goals. The Federalist Society had been founded five years earlier by a handful of law students; Robert Bork and Antonin Scalia, then a law professor, both spoke at its first symposium.

The organization offered the perfect vehicle for cultivating a new generation of young conservative lawyers to enter the pipeline, serving as law clerks by the side of growing numbers of conservative judges and — like Justice Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, both former Supreme Court law clerks — becoming judges themselves.
conservatism  GOP  law  political_infrastructure  Robert_Bork  U.S._Supreme_Court  talent_pipelines  long-term 
october 2018 by jerryking
The Happy Hooker Conservatives
OCT. 26, 2017 | The New York Times | Bret Stephens.

So where are Benda’s conservative disciples today, the ones I remember from panel discussions on the importance of moral character, the dangers of relativism, or the post-modern assault on the concept of truth?.It’s instructive to read the high-minded defenses of Trump offered by writers in Breitbart, The Washington Times, The Federalist, and the rest of the pro-Trump press..Their chief argument for Trump is that he won and is therefore a winner. Their argument against Never Trumpers is that we failed and are therefore losers. What about Trump’s character? It doesn’t matter so long as the Supreme Court remains conservative. Legislative failures are always and only the fault of “establishment Republicans.” Boorish habits are merely a matter of taste and something of a virtue in the era of snowflakes. As for the criticisms from Flake, Bush, Corker and McCain, who needs moral instruction from those sore losers and political has-beens?...Most telling is the Trumpians’ inability ever to utter a whisper of criticism of their man. Even Never Trumpers will occasionally find themselves agreeing with the administration over one issue or another. Not so the Trumpians. With instincts that recall the Stalinist intelligentsia of the 1940s, they mix the logical elasticity of the sophist with the unflinching loyalty of the toady. They are never anything except always all in.

All this suggests that what the media now trumpets as a looming G.O.P. civil war isn’t going to happen. Corker and Flake aren’t stepping up; they’re bowing out. Political retirees are good for leading charities, not movements.
Bret_Stephens  Donald_Trump  GOP  conservatism  character_traits  values  debased  high-minded 
october 2017 by jerryking
Why Nobody Cares the President Is Lying - The New York Times
By CHARLES J. SYKESFEB. 4, 2017
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february 2017 by jerryking
How to avert catastrophe
January 21, 2017 | FT | Simon Kuper.

an argument: people make bad judgments and terrible predictions. [JCK; bad judgment = bad decisions] It’s a timely point. The risk of some kind of catastrophe — armed conflict, natural disaster, and/or democratic collapse — appears to have risen. The incoming US president has talked about first use of nuclear weapons, and seems happy to let Russia invade nearby countries. Most other big states are led by militant nationalists. Meanwhile, the polar ice caps are melting fast. How can we fallible humans avert catastrophe?

• You can’t know which catastrophe will happen, but expect that any day some catastrophe could. In Tversky’s words: “Surprises are expected.” Better to worry than die blasé. Mobilise politically to forestall catastrophe.
• Don’t presume that future catastrophes will repeat the forms of past catastrophes. However, we need to expand our imaginations. The next catastrophe may take an unprecedented form.
• Don’t follow the noise. Some catastrophes unfold silently: climate change, or people dying after they lose their jobs or their health insurance. (The financial crisis was associated with about 260,000 extra deaths from cancer in developed countries alone, estimated a study in The Lancet.)
• Ignore banalities. We now need to stretch and bore ourselves with important stuff.
• Strengthen democratic institutions.
• Strengthen the boring, neglected bits of the state that can either prevent or cause catastrophe. [See Why boring government matters November 1, 2018 | | Financial Times | Brooke Masters.
The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, by Michael Lewis, Allen Lane, RRP£20, 219 pages. pinboard tag " sovereign-risk" ]
• Listen to older people who have experienced catastrophes. [jk....wisdom]
• Be conservative. [jk...be conservative, be discerning, be picky, be selective, say "no"]
Amos_Tversky  apocalypses  bad_decisions  black_swan  boring  catastrophes  conservatism  democratic_institutions  disasters  disaster_preparedness  disaster_myopia  elder_wisdom  emergencies  financial_crises  imagination  imperceptible_threats  Nassim_Taleb  natural_calamities  noise  silence  Simon_Kuper  slowly_moving  surprises  tips  threats  unglamorous 
january 2017 by jerryking
Looking Down on Black America - The New York Times
By RON CHRISTIESEPT. 5, 2016
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African-Americans  Donald_Trump  GOP  conservatism 
september 2016 by jerryking
Black Republicans See a White Convention, Heavy on Lectures - The New York Times
by PATRICK HEALY, YAMICHE ALCINDOR and JEREMY W. PETERSJULY 19, 2016

Black Republicans said they had preferred the political messages to black voters at recent conventions, where the focus was less on public safety and crime than on economic opportunity, job creation, support for small businesses and school choice — all issues, they said, that held appeal.

In Cleveland, however, Mr. Trump and Republican Party leaders are focused on appealing to white voters, particularly white men who are critical to their electoral strategy in the Midwest and the South.....Black speakers who did speak from the podium seemed focused more on castigating black protesters, scolding other blacks for their behavior and exalting Mr. Trump than on trying to help Republicans make inroads with undecided or skeptical black voters.....“How we talk directly about a community of people, and how we talk indirectly about a community of people, matters,” said Michael Steele, who was the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee. “Rudy’s not living in their neighborhoods. And he doesn’t understand what’s motivating them.”

Mr. Steele added, “The coding, the language and the wording becomes a distraction.”

Some Republicans said privately that they were uncomfortable that convention planners had tapped black speakers to chastise black protesters in front of a mostly white crowd, which seemed to lap it up.
African-Americans  GOP  RNC  David_Clarke  conservatism  Campaign_2016  paternalism  condescension  Southern_strategy  Black_Lives_Matter  dog_whistles  whites  white_men 
july 2016 by jerryking
Recharging the Canadian right - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

As Henry Kissinger once observed, politicians in office use up their intellectual, human and organizational capital rather than adding to it. Time out of office, wisely employed, can be used to restock the cupboard....

.....This is not to say that personal attractiveness and communications capabilities should be ignored in the recruitment of the next generation of political leaders. But if the aim of conservatives is not only to recharge the right politically, but also to be better able to govern the country as a result, putting all the renewal eggs in the charismatic leader basket would be a mistake for both conservatism and the country....
1. Greater recognition of the character traits that Canadians want to see in their elected officials – openness, honesty, transparency, integrity, compassion, humility – and making the possession of such traits a much more important factor in recruiting candidates, leaders and staff.

2. More clearly embracing those Canadian values – such as freedom, responsibility, equality of opportunity, stewardship, respect for life, democratic accountability – that conservatives want to strengthen and apply more rigorously to public policy.

3. Continue to strongly communicate the importance of trade liberalization, public-spending constraints, balanced budgets, debt reduction and tax relief.

4. Undertake a fresh round of policy development to strengthen the creative application of conservative values and principles to those areas where conservatives are, rightly or wrongly, seen to be weak or disinterested, such as poverty, inequality, health care, education, environment, science and culture.

5. Investing heavily in training conservative-oriented Canadians for more effective participation in the country’s political processes; providing more and better training for volunteers, constituency executives, campaign managers and candidates.

6. With respect to all of the above, consulting and involving ordinary Canadians at every stage – not just party insiders and elites.
Preston_Manning  conservatism  revitalization  intellectual_capital  human_capital  constituencies  rebuilding  think_tanks  political_infrastructure  institutions  politicians  institution-building  right-of-center  Canadian  values  training  Henry_Kissinger  organizational_capital  renewal  character_traits  charisma  APNSA  right-wing 
january 2016 by jerryking
Why Canada’s shift to conservatism isn’t dead - The Globe and Mail
DARRELL BRICKER AND JOHN IBBITSON
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
conservatism  Canada  Canadian  Federal_Election_2015  politics  John_Ibbitson 
october 2015 by jerryking
Calgary MP Michelle Rempel weighs Conservative leadership bid
Toronto businessman Mark Mulroney says he won’t run for the Conservative leadership – at least not for now. Calgary MP Michelle Rempel, on the other hand, is openly musing about a…
conservatism  Calgary  politics 
october 2015 by jerryking
Canadian right gets set for healthy debate - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
conservatism 
october 2015 by jerryking
The Republicans’ Incompetence Caucus - The New York Times
OCT. 13, 2015 | NYT | David Brooks.

The Republican Party’s capacity for effective self-governance degraded slowly, over the course of a long chain of rhetorical excesses, mental corruptions and philosophical betrayals. Basically, the party abandoned traditional conservatism for right-wing radicalism. Republicans came to see themselves as insurgents and revolutionaries, and every revolution tends toward anarchy and ends up devouring its own.
By traditional definitions, conservatism stands for intellectual humility, a belief in steady, incremental change, a preference for reform rather than revolution, a respect for hierarchy, precedence, balance and order, and a tone of voice that is prudent, measured and responsible. Conservatives of this disposition can be dull, but they know how to nurture and run institutions....Over the past 30 years, or at least since Rush Limbaugh came on the scene, the Republican rhetorical tone has grown ever more bombastic, hyperbolic and imbalanced....Politics is the process of making decisions amid diverse opinions. It involves conversation, calm deliberation, self-discipline, the capacity to listen to other points of view and balance valid but competing ideas and interests.

But this new Republican faction regards the messy business of politics as soiled and impure. Compromise is corruption. Inconvenient facts are ignored. Countrymen with different views are regarded as aliens. Political identity became a sort of ethnic identity, and any compromise was regarded as a blood betrayal.
right-wing  David_Brooks  GOP  conservatism  Tea_Party  dysfunction  root_cause  Rush_Limbaugh  radicalization  mindsets  messiness  politics  compromise  rhetoric  listening  self-discipline  conversations  partisanship  political_polarization  partisan_warfare 
october 2015 by jerryking
In Alberta, the fight for the right begins - The Globe and Mail
GARY MASON
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 14 2015

There will soon be enormous pressure on Alberta’s two centre-right parties to bond under one banner. The province’s business elite are undoubtedly already talking about that eventuality. Once the NDP makes good on its promise to raise corporate income tax by two points, the pressure to unify will be ramped up even further. But join forces under whose flag?

Wildrose has the greater numbers in the legislature; the Tories have seniority. It’s inconceivable Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and his caucus would ever agree to exist under the PC logo. Someone tried that last December and it backfired spectacularly. Conversely, it’s hard to imagine the Tory caucus wanting to be the ones who shuttered their party. Wildrose will have little interest in having talks along these lines in the immediate future anyway; they’ll be too busy learning how to be an effective opposition.
Alberta  conservatism  Wildrose  Progressive_Conservatives 
may 2015 by jerryking
Time to rebuild conservatism in Alberta - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 14 2015
Conservatism in Alberta, therefore, needs to be rebuilt provincially from the bottom up – rediscovering and recommitting itself to its fundamental values and principles, developing a conservative platform that applies those values and principles to the issues of the day, and engaging in constituency rebuilding and advocacy campaigns to restore its relevance and influence with Alberta electors.

In the federal arena, this process took more than 10 years to complete after the collapse of the federal PC Party in the 1993 national election. It culminated in, but did not begin with, an effort to “unite the right” at the party level, but much ground work had to be done before that effort was even feasible, let alone advisable. Alberta is a much smaller and dynamic political arena than the national political arena, so the deconstruction and rebuilding of conservatism provincially should not be nearly as long or difficult as it was federally....
With falling oil prices, Alberta’s star economic player is still in the game but playing hurt. Now is the time for other sectors – agriculture and forestry, the service and knowledge sectors, whose growth and export potential is not limited by pipeline capacity, exporters with a strong focus on Asia – to accept the challenge, “up their game” and provide more of the leadership Alberta’s economy urgently requires.
conservatism  Alberta  Preston_Manning  Wildrose  rebuilding  right-of-center  constituencies  right-wing 
may 2015 by jerryking
Our Police Union Problem - NYTimes.com
MAY 2, 2015| NYT | Ross Douthat.

Criticism of public sector unions has not always extended to the police, a group conservatives are often loath to criticize.
police  unions  public_sector  conservatism  criticism  police_unions 
may 2015 by jerryking
Counterpoint: Harper has not shifted Canadians’ opinions - The Globe and Mail
Michael Adams
Counterpoint: Harper has not shifted Canadians’ opinions
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Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 06 2015
rebuttals  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  conservatism  public_opinion 
february 2015 by jerryking
How Harper created a more conservative Canada - The Globe and Mail
John Ibbitson: How Harper created a more conservative Canada
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Published Friday, Feb. 06 2015
John_Ibbitson  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  conservatism  values 
february 2015 by jerryking
Jim Flaherty: a tough-talking politician with a heart - The Globe and Mail
BILL CURRY AND JOSH WINGROVE
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 10 2014,
Jim_Flaherty  conservatism  tributes  obituaries 
august 2014 by jerryking
Cliven Bundy Accidentally Explained What’s Wrong With the Republican Party - NYTimes.com
APRIL 24, 2014
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Mr. Bundy, weirdly, is onto something here. The rush to stand with Mr. Bundy against the Bureau of Land Management is the latest incarnation of conservative antigovernment messaging. And nonwhites are not interested, because a gut-level aversion to the government is almost exclusively a white phenomenon.

A 2011 National Journal poll found that 42 percent of white respondents agreed with the statement, “Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.” Just 17 percent of blacks, 16 percent of Asians and 25 percent of Hispanics agreed. In 2011 and 2012, the Pew Research Center found that 55 percent of Asian-Americans and fully 75 percent of Hispanic-Americans say they prefer a bigger government providing more services over a smaller one providing fewer services, compared with just 41 percent of the general population.
race_relations  GOP  conservatism  anti-government  bigotry 
april 2014 by jerryking
Rob Ford, non-conservative - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 24 2013 | G&M

Rob Fordism, the idea, endures. It’s an ideology of resentment, bitterness and negativity. It is politics by dumb slogans rather than considered principles. It is the conservatism of “No.” If Canadian conservative parties, and Canada, are to prosper, they – and we – have to rise above it....Fordism doesn’t come with an open mind. He and his advisors have sought to channel and inflame a certain group of angry voters. Seeking to address voter rage is one thing; aiming to embody and feed it is another. ...Is the future of conservatism government by enemies list? We hope not, and so do many conservatives. Mr. Ford often campaigned and governed that way. Every party across the spectrum does to some extent. What you are for is always at least partly about what you are against. But how far do you push it? Are you constantly running against a growing enemies list – unions, the pinko left, “elites”? It can sometimes yield electoral results, but it coarsens all of us.

And is government itself on the enemies list? That’s the Tea Party position. It’s perfectly reasonable for conservatives to want government to be smaller and more efficient, and for taxes to be lower. But conservatism at its best is a project of improvement of government, not tearing it down....But Fordism has also been, above all, a conservatism of slogans over principles. And the slogans are shallow and easily changeable. What kind of fiscal conservative pushes “Subways! Subways! Subways!”...Conservatives normally want to spend taxpayers money with greater care and efficiency, yet here was Mr. Ford advocating the most expensive, least efficient solution....When it comes to transit policy, the Brothers Ford have been writing the script not just for the city, but also for the provincial official opposition. Mr. Hudak’s provincial Tories want to spend less on Toronto-area public transit than the current Liberal government but, in obeisance to Mr. Ford, they also want much more of that diminished pie to go to subways rather than long-planned, lower cost suburban light rail. Cutting the family food budget while simultaneously insisting that every meal include steak is recipe for going hungry.

Conservatism in Canada has a long history and a bright future. Fordism? Hopefully not.
shallowness  Rob_Ford  Toronto  transit  editorials  conservatism  wedge_issues  open_mind  Queen’s_Park  resentment  bitterness  grievances 
november 2013 by jerryking
Ford nation stands by its man. No. Matter. What.
Nov. 20 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by Jeffrey Simpson.

There is now in Canada, according to all sorts of polls, about 30 per cent of the electorate that is hard-core Conservative/conservative. For them, public policy is almost exclusively about paying lower and lower taxes, while, of course, demanding the same level of services. As long as their leaders deliver on that promise, or keep talking about delivering even if they don’t, this is the prism through which all is judged.

You can see the contradictions everywhere in the Conservative/conservative world. Conservatives who support Mr. Ford are the “tough on crime” voters of the kind also targeted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. You would logically assume therefore that a mayor who confesses to having broken laws – smoking crack cocaine, for example – would be just the sort of public person the Conservatives/conservatives would revile. Apparently not.

The kind of people who decry high taxes should be furiously against a subway to Scarborough that will cost much more than the light-rail option many urban planners say is more appropriate and cheaper for a sprawling suburban area. But instead, Mr. Ford pitches the subway, and gets $660-million from his Conservative friends in Ottawa for an option that represents a squandering of public money, given the light-rail alternative.

Conservatives, at their philosophical best, have always placed a high premium on personal responsibility. They believe, much less than liberals or socialists, in the social factors that influence personal behaviour. For Conservatives, individuals are responsible for their behaviour, not their upbringing, surroundings or social conditions.

In Rob Ford, here is a man who revels in calling himself a conservative, yet has displayed a flagrant and persistent disregard for personal responsibility, as well as having failed to act in a responsible way as mayor. Rather than being condemned by supporters for this betrayal of the conservative creed based on self-control and personal responsibility, he has been elevated to some weird kind of cult figure, deserving of sympathy and support.

The Conservative/conservative core, as we see in the federal government, is resistant to evidence if it conflicts with ideological nostrums. As in Fordworld, federal ministers look facts in the face and deny them, prefer to lecture rather than reason, to posture as the friend of the “people” against undefined but dangerous “elites,” and live in an intellectually self-contained world where curiosity is banished and slogans take the place of deliberation.

Conservatives of years ago saw society as organic, all being part of the whole, and tried to fashion policies that brought people together, whereas the new Conservatives/conservatives, à la Mr. Ford, see society as inherently divided between a mythical sense of the “people” and their foes. And for this attitude, those who fall on their side of this divide reward leaders with loyalty that cannot be shaken.

Toronto has tried for decades to become a “world-class city,” a phrase shopworn from overuse by those hoping that it might some day become just that. Cities that are truly “world class” never have to use the phrase; only those that are not employ it. Just as Somerset Maugham once described himself as sitting in the first row of the world’s second-class writers, Toronto fears that is where it sits among cities, while desperately wishing it was not so.

Now along comes Mayor Ford to wreck even that ambition, a subject of ridicule and parody from Germany and Britain to Mexico and the United States, giving new definition to the old nickname for Toronto within Canada – Hogtown – without his supporters apparently caring a fig.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Rob_Ford  Toronto  conservatism 
november 2013 by jerryking
The Tea Party’s Revenge
November 4, 2013 | The New Yorker | by Steve Coll.

McConnell negotiated his party’s late-hour capitulation, and, within days, Tea Party groups called for his ouster. The Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC founded by Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, which has bankrolled Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, and other highly conservative candidates, announced that it would finance a Republican primary challenge against the Minority Leader next year, because he “has a liberal record and refuses to fight for conservative principles.”....The Tea Party’s anti-intellectualism reflects a longer, deeper decline in the Republican Party’s ability to tolerate a diversity of ideas and public-policy strategies, and to adapt to American multiculturalism....As recently as 2007, when the Bush Administration almost passed a similar bill, it still seemed possible that a modernizing Republican Party might build a formidable political coalition of Latinos, evangelicals, disaffected Catholic Democrats, high-tech entrepreneurs, libertarians, social and educational reformers, and eclectic independents. Instead, as Geoffrey Kabaservice puts it in his history of the Republican decline, “Rule and Ruin,” movement conservatives have “succeeded in silencing, co-opting, repelling, or expelling nearly every competing strain of Republicanism from the party.” Political purges have no logical end point; each newly drawn inner circle of orthodoxy leaves a former respected acolyte suddenly on the outside. That a Tea Party-influenced purification drive now threatens such a loyal opportunist and boardroom favorite as Mitch McConnell seems a marker of the times.
anti-intellectualism  disaffection  capitulation  conservatism  GOP  Obama  political_purges  Tea_Party 
october 2013 by jerryking
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies - WSJ.com
April 8, 2013 | WSJ | By ALISTAIR MACDONALD

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies
'Iron Lady' Was Among Most Influential Global Leaders of Postwar Period
obituaries  tributes  United_Kingdom  conservatism  women  Margaret_Thatcher  politicians 
april 2013 by jerryking
Conservatives face new reality: Embrace immigrants and gays, or lose power - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 26 2012 | The Globe and Mail | DOUG SAUNDERS
Conservative analysts in many countries watched the Republican presidential candidate decisively lose last month, and were then horrified to learn that his party had largely disappeared from the electoral landscape because it had been abandoned by visible minorities, religious minorities, young women and well-off urbanites.

Then they examined their own voting base. Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats have lost elections in 18 of the 20 largest German cities during the past two years. Those four million Muslims had remained loyal to the Social Democrats and the Greens, whose co-leader, Cem Ozdemir, is from a Turkish family. Britain’s Prime Minister has expressed fear at the Conservatives’ image as “the nasty party,” and watched chunks of the younger, more urban electorate shift to Labour despite its weak leadership.

They realized something significant: A new generation of voters has come of age in most Western countries, and they simply don’t care about the old hot-button conservative warnings on minorities, gays and birth control. They’ve grown up with ethnic and sexual minorities around them and don’t have the taste for identity politics.
conservatism  Angela_Merkel  Doug_Saunders  Germany  identity_politics 
december 2012 by jerryking
McGurn: How Obama's 'Life of Julia' Prevailed - WSJ.com
November 26, 2012, 7:35 p.m. ET

McGurn: How Obama's 'Life of Julia' Prevailed
Conservatives don't need to compromise their values. They need to do a better job of selling.

By WILLIAM MCGURN
Obama  conservatism  William_McGurn 
november 2012 by jerryking
The Conservative Mind - NYTimes.com
by DAVID BROOKS
September 24, 2012

In the mid-1980s, the conservative movement had two branches: (a)
economic conservatives who spent a lot of time worrying about the way government intrudes upon economic liberty. They upheld freedom as their highest political value. They admired risk-takers. They worried that excessive government would create a sclerotic nation with a dependent populace. And (b), traditional conservatives, intellectual heirs to Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, Clinton Rossiter and Catholic social teaching who didn’t see society as a battleground between government and the private sector. Instead, the traditionalist wanted to preserve a society that functioned as a harmonious ecosystem, in which the different layers were nestled upon each other: individual, family, company, neighborhood, religion, city government and national government.

Recently the blogger Rod Dreher linked to Kirk’s essay, “Ten Conservative Principles,” which gives the flavor of this brand of traditional conservatism. This kind of conservative cherishes custom, believing that the individual is foolish but the species is wise. It is usually best to be guided by precedent.

This conservative believes in prudence on the grounds that society is complicated and it’s generally best to reform it steadily but cautiously. Providence moves slowly but the devil hurries.

The two conservative tendencies lived in tension. But together they embodied a truth that was put into words by the child psychologist John Bowlby, that life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base.

The economic conservatives were in charge of the daring ventures that produced economic growth. The traditionalists were in charge of establishing the secure base — a society in which families are intact, self-discipline is the rule, children are secure and government provides a subtle hand.
David_Brooks  conservatism  growth  self-discipline  '80s  risk-taking  Edmund_Burke 
september 2012 by jerryking
Conservatism is about more than cutting taxes
September 27, 2004 | G&M | by William Thorsell.

A conservative frame of mind starts with respect for the depth of our social experience, for our history and inheritance as a civilization, if you will. It values the successful adaptations of previous generations, and is slow to throw over well grounded, much-tested means of securing social order and economic prosperity.

A conservative frame of mind is suspicious of complete answers, total solutions and centralized controls. it is humble with the memory of history's honors and excesses. It remembers, as well as dreams. It looks askance at the fragility of humanity, the distortions of power, and the enthusiasms of any given moment.

It puts more faith in process than specific outcomes - the rule of law — and expresses more faith in aspirations than prescriptions.

It recognizes free markets as a fundamental expression of democracy, and values their power to generate technological change and productive work. it is fierce in its respect for individual human rights against aggression by any group, even for admirable ends.

A particular level of taxation is not seminal to these conservative attitudes. The purposes and structure of taxation are.

A conservative may even support higher levels of taxation in the interest of prosperity and social health. Look what Brian Mulroney and, yes, Paul Martin finally did in raising taxes to slay Canada's deficit - which underlies so much of our current economic and social success.
Conservatives will happily invest public money on education, infrastructure, defence and social programs to perpetuate and strengthen the traditions of their society. These responsibilities come with the Constitution, after all. It is how they are done — efficientiy, carefuiiy and affordabiy - that matters.
Conservatives appreciate the limits of public programs to change human nature or solve existential problems. Conservatives know where levels of regulation and taxation become counterproductive, however laudable the political goals may be. So they stop there, often with a rueful smile.
conservatism  Conservative_Party  William_Thorsell  technological_change  Ontario  Michael_Harris  Dalton_McGuinty  taxation  mindsets  skepticism 
september 2012 by jerryking
Return to Self-Reliance
August 13, 1997 | Wall Street Journal | Jason L. Riley

A sad truth of late-20th-century black history is the lack of emphasis black leaders have placed on economic independence, opting instead to funnel resources toward integrating predominantly white institutions, be they political, corporate or educational. Such was not always the thinking; indeed, blacks left bondage with a very different mind-set.

"When you think back to the situation right after the Emancipation Proclamation, African-Americans did a couple things coming right out of slavery," Mr. Price said recently in an interview. "They started up colleges and they started up businesses, like independent farms and burial societies that led to the creation of insurance companies. And as black folks moved into the cities, they started everything that came with living there--barber shops, grocery stores, hotels."

Part of the reason blacks were able to do these things despite the racial barriers of Reconstruction and, later, Jim Crow, was the guidance and support of individuals such as Booker T. Washington. The pre-eminent black leader of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Washington was a shrewd self-help advocate and educator, and a relentless promoter of black economic independence. In 1901, the black novelist Pauline Hopkins called him "probably the most talked of Afro-American in the civilized world today."

A famous William Johnson painting of Washington shows the former slave addressing a class full of attentive black children. The blackboard behind him depicts a plow, a shovel, books and writing instruments--symbolizing the "tools" Washington realized were essential to the postslavery progress of his race. Demonstrating a keen understanding of the central role money and wealth accumulation play in advancing a people, Washington said: "No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of the world is long in any degree ostracized."
Jason_Riley  African-Americans  conservatism  Booker_T._Washington  Emancipation  capital_formation  capital_accumulation  self-help  civil_rights  education  self-reliance  Jim_Crow  economic_empowerment  generational_wealth  institutions  desegregation  history  Reconstruction  leaders 
september 2012 by jerryking
A New Black Vanguard
February 29, 1996 | Wall Street Journal pg. A18 | by Glenn C. Loury and Shelby Steele
African-Americans  leadership  Shelby_Steele  conservatism  GOP  Democrats  think_tanks  Glenn_Loury 
august 2012 by jerryking
The 'Compassion' Factor
January 29, 2003 | WSJ | By Stephen Goldsmith
conservatism 
july 2012 by jerryking
The Soul of the Law - WSJ.com
January 20, 2003 | WSJ | By ROBERT H. BORK
conservatism 
july 2012 by jerryking
The Burke Habit - WSJ.com
December 27, 2005 | WSJ | By JEFFREY HART
conservatism 
july 2012 by jerryking
The Family Way - WSJ.com
January 7, 2003 | WSJ | By JAMES Q. WILSON
conservatism 
july 2012 by jerryking
A Question of Temperament - WSJ.com
December 3, 2002 | WSJ |by ROGER SCRUTON
conservatism 
july 2012 by jerryking
Beyond Our Shores - WSJ.com
December 24, 2002 | WSJ | By FRANCIS FUKUYAMA
conservatism 
july 2012 by jerryking
Of Race and Imagination - WSJ.com
December 18, 2002 | WSJ | By SHELBY STEELE.

conservatism, for all its commitment to freedom, did not make itself the principled enemy of racism during the civil-rights era. Here was a movement grounded in the principles of classic liberalism and, rather than rush to its support, some conservatives bent the principle of states' rights into a tolerance of segregation while others simply sat it out....Democracies expand individual rights past the barriers of race, class and gender precisely by encouraging imaginative identification with difference -- by asking men to put themselves in the shoes of women, whites in the shoes of blacks, and so on....
Shelby_Steele  race_relations  African-Americans  GOP  conservatism  bigotry 
may 2012 by jerryking
Wiring the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy - New York Times
By Matt Bai
Published: July 25, 2004 (look at Preston Manning links)

The presentation itself, a collection of about 40 slides titled ''The Conservative Message Machine's Money Matrix,'' essentially makes the case that a handful of families -- Scaife, Bradley, Olin, Coors and others -- laid the foundation for a $300 million network of policy centers, advocacy groups and media outlets that now wield great influence over the national agenda. The network, as Stein diagrams it, includes scores of powerful organizations -- most of them with bland names like the State Policy Network and the Leadership Institute -- that he says train young leaders and lawmakers and promote policy ideas on the national and local level. These groups are, in turn, linked to a massive message apparatus, into which Stein lumps everything from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal op-ed page to Pat Robertson's ''700 Club.'' And all of this, he contends, is underwritten by some 200 ''anchor donors.'' ''This is perhaps the most potent, independent institutionalized apparatus ever assembled in a democracy to promote one belief system,'' he said.
advocacy  belief_systems  conservatism  Democrats  discipline  donors  Fox_News  George_Soros  GOP  grass-roots  high_net_worth  ideas  ideologies  institutions  left-wing  Matt_Bai  messaging  moguls  political_infrastructure  politicians  right-wing  social_movements  think_tanks  training_programs 
may 2012 by jerryking
Prejudice
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Ted Hayes: Prejudice
Black Republicans should be able to live without fear.

The Wall Street Journal
Monday, January 2, 2006
African-Americans  GOP  conservatism  political_correctness  prejudices 
november 2011 by jerryking
Turning the Dialogue From Wealth to Values - NYTimes.com
By TYLER COWEN
Published: November 12, 2011

Why do so many Americans have respected the wealthy in the first place?

The U.S. has always had a culture with a high regard for those able to rise from poverty to riches. It has had a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit and has attracted ambitious immigrants, many of whom were drawn here by the possibility of acquiring wealth. Furthermore, the best approach for fighting poverty is often precisely not to make fighting poverty the highest priority. Instead, it’s better to stress achievement and the pursuit of excellence, like a hero from an Ayn Rand novel. These are still at least the ideals of many conservatives and libertarians.

The egalitarian ideals of the left, which were manifest in a wide variety of 20th-century movements, have been wonderful for driving social and civil rights advances, and in these areas liberals have often made much greater contributions than conservatives have. Still, the left-wing vision does not sufficiently appreciate the power — both as reality and useful mythology — of the meritocratic, virtuous production of wealth through business.
high_net_worth  capitalism  values  conservatism  libertarians  wealth_creation  entrepreneurship  Tyler_Cowen  work_ethic  Ayn_Rand  personal_accomplishments 
november 2011 by jerryking
Investing in Ideas - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 28, 2005 | WSJ | By MARK LASSWELL

Last month, the trustees of the John M. Olin Foundation met to approve its final grants. After a half-century of operation, the foundation is closing up shop, following the wishes of its founder, who deliberately limited the organization's life-span to prevent its one day falling into the hands of directors who were foes of his ideas. (Mr. Olin took comfort in the wisdom of this policy after Henry Ford II's angry resignation from the Ford Foundation in 1977 over its antipathy to capitalism.) Conservatives will thus lose one of their great sponsors and encouragers, a foundation that -- with its support of writers, intellectuals and magazines -- has had a profound effect on the dissemination of right-of-center ideas. Those ideas now inform much of the national conversation, but they struggled to be heard back in the 1970s, when the foundation got going in earnest.....Olin dollars helped fortify research institutions (including the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation), got the Federalist Society off the ground, promoted the teaching of law and economics, and funded valuable publications (including the New Criterion, the National Interest, Commentary and an array of conservative college newspapers)...."A Gift of Freedom" is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand precisely how conservative thinking was reinvigorated over the past quarter-century. Even liberals might find it worthwhile -- as a playbook for plotting their own intellectual renaissance
'70s  book_reviews  conservatism  foundations  grants  ideologies  ideas  institutions  institution-building  intellectual_capital  networks  patronage  philanthropy  playbooks  political_infrastructure  right-of-center  right-wing  stewardship  think_tanks 
november 2011 by jerryking
Preston Manning's next big conservative idea
Oct 20, 2004 | The Globe and Mailpg. A.25 ||Jeffrey Simpson.

Manning is working through a set of plans to spread the conservative movement. The plans are still in the formative stage, but they involve everything from grassroots organization to new conservative publications and websites to think-tanks and conferences for discussing and disseminating conservative ideas.

Mr. Manning likens a political party to a plane. The leader, like the pilot, keeps it aloft. But a plane also needs a competent crew, ground staff, mechanics, engineers -- just as a political party needs workers, ideas, organization and outlets for its message. Conservatives in Canada lack enough of all this.

Mr. Manning says he doesn't look to the United States for inspiration. But there, the conservative movement since Barry Goldwater's presidential defeat in 1964 has outorganized and outfinanced the liberals.

Conservatives, not liberals, frame the majority of political discourse in the United States. Conservatives have their own publications (such as the Washington-based Weekly Standard), think-tanks (Cato, Hoover, American Enterprise Institute), links to religious groups, training programs for campaign workers, and conferences.

That's the kind of network Mr. Manning wants to build beneath the Conservative Party. The idea needs money, and lots of it, from people Mr. Manning rather euphemistically describes as "political venture capitalists."

This means encouraging very rich people or companies to contribute millions of dollars.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Preston_Manning  ideas  ProQuest  ideologies  conservatism  think_tanks  institution-building  networks  institutions  political_infrastructure  training_programs 
october 2011 by jerryking
Building better conservatives to build a better democracy
Sep 14, 2005 |The Globe and Mail. pg. A.21| Preston Manning.

A contemporary political philosophy such as democratic conservatism needs a vehicle -- a party -- to participate effectively in the democratic process. To fly successfully over the long haul, it also needs a multitude of think tanks and links with academia to generate ideas and policy analyses; education and training institutions and programs to train everyone from poll captains to potential cabinet ministers; communications vehicles to link itself to its grassroots and voters; national forums and political trade shows to bring conservatives together from across Canada; and links with interest groups capable of waging issue campaigns on subjects of importance to conservatives and voters. And of course it needs institutions and programs to finance all the above....

The Manning Centre intends to facilitate the development of such conservative democratic infrastructure, with guidance from the Toronto roundtable and follow-up advisory panels. As a "do tank" rather than a think tank, we hope to bridge the gap between conservative idea-generation and the practical implementation of those ideas in the real political world.
Preston_Manning  conservatism  institutions  nonprofit  Manning_Centre  training  think_tanks  activism  ProQuest  political_infrastructure  idea_generation  long-haul 
october 2011 by jerryking
Be More Like Ike: Republicans should heed Robert Gates
August 16, 2010 | Newsweek | by Fareed Zakaria. "Robert
Gates’s latest efforts at reforming the Pentagon are modest. He is not
trying to cut the actual defense budget; he merely wants to increase
efficiency while reducing bureaucracy, waste, and duplication. The
savings he is trying to achieve are perfectly reasonable: $100 billion
over five years, during which period the Pentagon will spend
approximately $3.5 trillion. And yet he has aroused intense opposition
from the usual suspects—defense contractors, lobbyists, the military
bureaucracy, and hawkish commentators. He faces spirited opposition from
his own party, but it is the Republicans, not Gates, who are abandoning
their party’s best traditions in defense strategy."
Robert_Gates  Pentagon  Fareed_Zakaria  conservatism  GOP  cost-cutting  bureaucracies  SecDef  military-industrial_complex 
september 2010 by jerryking
Bret Stephens: Is Afghanistan Worth It? - WSJ.com
AUGUST 3, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By BRET STEPHENS.
The U.S. cannot remain a superpower if the suspicion takes root that we
are a feckless nation that can be stampeded into surrender by a domestic
caucus of defeatists. Allies or would-be allies will make their own
calculations and hedge their bets.
Bret_Stephens  Afghanistan  realism  conservatism 
august 2010 by jerryking
A Reasonable Man
Jul 4, 2010 | New York Magazine | By Christopher Beam. "“It’s
not the best time for people like me,” says Brooks.

And yet it is. Brooks’s charming, levelheaded optimism may be out of
style. But he gets to play the voice of reason against a chorus of
doomsayers. His moderate conservatism—a synthesis of conservative giant
Edmund Burke and Ur-centralizer Alexander Hamilton that has earned him
the label of “liberals’ favorite conservative”—may be anomalous, but it
allows him a kind of freedom that other, more partisan pundits lack.
He’s a party of one, without followers. This is Brooks’s central
paradox: He’s both the essential columnist of the moment, better than
anyone at crystallizing the questions we face—ones for which there are
often no good answers—and also, somehow, totally out of step."
profile  David_Brooks  Edmund_Burke  columnists  conservatism  Alexander_Hamilton 
july 2010 by jerryking
David Frum makes no apologies to Republicans
Mar. 30, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | by Sarah Boesveld.
GOP  David_Frum  conservatism 
march 2010 by jerryking
Cadman's choice
May 21, 2005 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.18| Miriam Simpson. In
his 1774 speech to the electors of Bristol, Burke said: "Your
representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he
betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion."
letters_to_the_editor  conservatism  Edmund_Burke  quotes  politicians  judgment  opinions  representation 
may 2009 by jerryking
Capitalist for the Common Man - WSJ.com
* MAY 4, 2009 |Wall Street Journal | Editorial in tribute to Jack Kemp's passing.

Capitalist for the Common Man
GOP  African-Americans  conservatism  ideas  obituaries  Jack_Kemp  editorials  politicians 
may 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com: A pioneer in the field of televised conflict
May 1, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | obituary for JOHN CRISPO,
76: ECONOMIST by PETER CHENEY.

A pioneer in the field of televised conflict. Pithy insights and
memorable quotes made him a media darling -- until Mulroney put him on
the board of the CBC
economists  conservatism  Canadian  academia  obituaries 
may 2009 by jerryking
Up From Liberalism - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 28, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | Editorial on the passing of William F. Buckley
conservatism  philosophy  obituaries  editorials 
april 2009 by jerryking
Principled and Pilloried - WSJ.com
MAY 2, 2008 | WSJ | by LEE EDWARDS

Book reviews of two books about Barry Goldwater. Pure Goldwater
By John W. Dean and Barry Goldwater Jr.
Palgrave, 399 pages; $27.95

Flying High
By William F. Buckley Jr.
Basic, 208 pages, $27.95
book_reviews  conservatism 
march 2009 by jerryking
Why Rush is Wrong
Mar 16, 2009 | NEWSWEEK| David Frum
The party of Buckley and Reagan is now bereft and dominated by the politics of Limbaugh. A conservative's lament.
conservatism  politics  U.S.  GOP  cri_de_coeur  David_Frum 
march 2009 by jerryking
David Mamet's Revision
March 20, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | by Daniel Henninger
Daniel_Henninger  WONDER_LAND  conservatism  liberalism  playwrights 
march 2009 by jerryking

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