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Zombie Conservatism

Rod Dreher has some pointed comments for those claiming the label of conservative these days:

Despite what Sam Tanenhaus says, conservatism is not dead. Rather, it’s undead. The conservative movement is herking and jerking like a zombie, dedicated to little more than frenetic gestures execrating Obama, and to regaining power. To what end? Given that they’re birthing a conservative party whose instincts are dictated by loudmouths, reactionaries and crackpots, and overseen by cynics, it’s dispiriting to contemplate.

Where can those who wish to think and debate clearly about a serious politics of the right go? The degenerate form of populism now dominant on the right loves to praise “freedom” – but it has no use for freedom of thought, or thinking much at all. In turn, increasing numbers of thoughtful conservatives have no use for it.


  1. Bobby Grow wrote:

    Politics are like the “Law,” it points to Christ; only the former is ‘un-holy’ while the latter is ‘holy’ through and through.

    Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 1:02 am | Permalink
  2. james wrote:

    Shorter Dreher: “Waaah! republicans won’t listen to me.”

    Meanwhile conservatism has been absorbed in the democratic party and is being voiced by people like Ben Nelson and the new contingent of blue dogs of the last election. Notice who is running Washington still, moderate conservatives democrats from Republican states who want to be re-elected.

    Is the left any less disoriented, frenetic? I would think Obama has left them more disenfranchised than ever since all compromise starts from Obama’s position in the ideological center.

    Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  3. Stephen wrote:

    It seems to me that all of the “frenetic gestures execrating Obama” are more related to race than to conservative vs. liberal. It’s obviously too early to call conservatism dead, just as liberalism was prematurely declared dead just 4 short years ago.

    Great article here:

    Monday, September 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

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