Dear Reader,Pat Buchanan has retired from writing his syndicated column. His fellow founding editor of The American Conservative Scott McConnell has written a piece remembering the legacy of Buchanan the intellectual, Buchanan the writer and workhorse, and expressing his hope that the man will be able to finish his memoir, which would be a work of real importance, for he is now more influential than perhaps he has ever been.
And Samuel Hammond has written the latest installment of the “American System” series, with a look at the nation’s hangover from LBJ’s Great Society. More even than the New Deal, against which so much of the mid-century conservative movement was arrayed, it is the Great Society that built the real “big” government against which conservatives today inveigh. Hammond writes, “Size matters, but it isn’t the only thing at play. Unwinding our mid-century technocracy, and the patronage systems that sustain it, should be the primary goal.”
The American Conservative exists to advance a Main Street conservatism. We cherish local community, the liberties bequeathed us by the Founders, the civilizational foundations of faith and family, and—we are not ashamed to use the word—peace.
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