The New Right Is Neither New nor Right

Theodore Roosevelt standing on a podium pointing into the crowd during a campaign rally speech. (Photo from Bettman Collection/Getty Images.)

Dear Reader (including any of you who might have caused earthquakes in Seattle last weekend), 

Greetings from the United Kingdom. I’ll save the travelogue stuff for the end. 

“We’re seeing a conservatism that emphasizes freedom give way to a conservatism that emphasizes authority,” a prominent, albeit somewhat heretical, conservative wrote a while ago. “For a hundred years we debated the economic reach of the state, but that debate’s basically done. The next one will be over where the state should erect guardrails in a mobile and fragmented world.”

In another column he wrote about the need to strengthen the state to combat new concentrations of corporate power and to promote a new standard of American “greatness.” Teddy Roosevelt was the lodestar for this new rethinking. 

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