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RIP, Angelo Codevilla, the conservative thinker who took on the ruling class

This guy’s stuff was well worth reading. He had many of the same limitations as most conservative critics of the existing ruling class, but a lot of important insights as well.

By New York Post

Donald Trump’s election in 2016 caught most intellectuals by surprise — and not least conservative intellectuals.

The right-of-center editors, columnists and think-tankers who had sung hymns to democracy promotion overseas had overlooked what was going on at home: how Big Tech and the HR department had worked around the Bill of Rights; how democracy had been usurped by judges and bureaucrats who, regardless of party affiliation, failed to reverse the assault against family, country and faith; and how nation-building abroad had consumed treasure and blood while whole swaths of America fell into what Trump memorably called “American carnage.”

One rare exception to the general cluelessness of the right-wing intelligentsia was Angelo Codevilla, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and former professor of international relations at Boston University who died this week in a car accident, aged 78.


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