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Thursday, October 23, 2008

(Video) Taki on Christopher Buckley and National Review

When Christopher Buckley endorsed Barack Obama and departed from his late father's magazine National Review, Peter agreed with much of Buckley's diagnosis of the modern conservative movement calling them "sham conservatives" who profess small government principles yet celebrate George W. Bush and Stephen Harper, who have presided over the largest Federal governments in the history of their respective countries. Peter asks: "Are there any real conservatives left? Or have they all taken to calling themselves libertarians now, for fear of being confused with the big government sham variety?"

I'm happy to report to him that there are still many "real conservatives," and they don't call themselves libertarians for the simple reason that they aren't. Although stragglers and hangers-on like David Freddoso and John Derbyshire still write for National Review, the home of mainstream post-war conservatism, most are homeless and dispersed, having been pushed out of the mainstream of the conservative movement which remains thoroughly wedded to a largely un-conservative Republican Party.

However, one group of these conservatives with a strong antiwar, immigration restrictionist, and traditionalist bent, the paleoconservatives, have built up alternative conservative institutions like the Rockford Institute and The American Conservative magazine.

Taki Theodoracopulos a prominent paleocon, co-founder of The American Conservative, proprietor of Taki's Magazine the "online magazine for independent conservatives" and, incidentally, a McCain supporter had this to say about Christopher Buckley and the conservative movement:

Scott McConnell, the editor of The American Conservative and a former neoconservative, provided some background about the battle in National Review over immigration and foreign policy in this 2003 article.

Posted by Kalim Kassam on October 23, 2008 in U.S. politics | Permalink

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George Washington:

"...a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation."

Be careful KK, no doubt people are watching.

Posted by: DJ | 2008-10-22 11:54:52 PM



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