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The conservatives who want to conserve nothing

By Damon Linker, The Week

The name “conservatism” conveys its political aim quite clearly: It aims to conserve. But what happens when conservatives come to despise pretty much everything about the world around them?

That question comes to mind in reading a statement by the editors of American Greatness on the occasion of the website’s fifth anniversary. A scrappier, lower-brow spin-off from the now-fully-Trumpfied Claremont Institute, AG publishes essays that ape the five-alarm-fire rhetoric that Michael Anton deployed so potently in his September 2016 essay “The Flight 93 Election.” So it isn’t especially surprising that their anniversary statement includes this line: “to the extent that the American political and cultural scene requires not conservation but disruption, we’re not conservative at all. We started this publication not to vindicate the status quo, but to obliterate it and build something better.” (Italics in original.)


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