Imaginative Conservative senior contributor, Claes Ryn, recently discussed the pernicious influence of neo-conservatism—or the “New Jacobinism”—on the American republic. Click below to watch parts one and two of this video:
“A conservative is normally somebody who is quite respectful of tradition because tradition is seen as providing importance guidance and support in our efforts to understand what is truly good, true, and beautiful. . . . Neo-conservatives tend to speak in the name of purely abstract principles and frequently to have almost a discomfort with a traditional society, so that when they speak of America, the American Founding, they prefer to think of America as emanating from purely ahistorical principles. Bright people conceived the notion of American government, and they gave it to the American people as lawgivers . . . . Neoconservatives, in other words, are not inclined to remind Americans of the historical origins of their Constitution or general culture.”
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