Title

Tradition's Future

Document Type

Essay

Publication Title

First Things - Web Exclusives

Publication Date

1-29-2016

Abstract

(Excerpt)

Earlier this month, at the Liberty Law Site, my friend John McGinnis had an insightful post about the current, sad state of traditional conservatism—the sort that prizes custom and the wisdom of the past, not other versions like business or neo-conservatism. Although classical liberalism is having a bad year, he says, traditional conservatism has been having a bad couple of centuries. This is so because it fits so poorly with the goals and values of American culture.

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