If I had to bet, I would bet against populism enduring on the right. (1) The evidence shows populism flares up following financial crisis, and then fades. (2) Trumpism isn't popular. (3) Protectionism won't help families & businesses. My latest:
"The good news is that populism subsides. The bad news is that the two-party presidential system is less flexible than parliamentary systems, so a return to normalcy might take longer." Ramesh Ponnuru and I discuss the future of conservatism.
"The most important of the conservative dispositions is gratitude. So before lamenting what is lamentable in our present state, let’s take stock of some victories."
.: "Remember the Ayn Rand revival on the right in the early years of the Barack Obama presidency? The Republican Party has realized just how little it truly believed any of that — and that lesson can’t be unlearned."
Can the reformicons rise again? Two of them, and , weigh the prospects via
Can the reformicons rise again? Two of them, and , weigh the prospects via
"The laws of economics have not been suspended. Trade wars are bad for households and businesses, as is government-mandated industrial policy, and other “new thinking” on the populist right. As those ideas become reality, that will become more apparent."
"But while a 2020 defeat would make it easier to move the GOP to a better place, it would come at a high cost: the empowerment of a Democratic Party that has also been hurtling away from good sense." Ramesh Ponnuru and I discuss.
"Appeals to racism and bigotry will have limited purchase in a general election." "If the president keeps this up, it will hurt his re-election chances, and Republicans will see that." and I discuss the future of conservatism.
"Remember the Ayn Rand revival on the right in the early years of the Barack Obama presidency? The GOP has realized just how little it truly believed any of that — and that lesson can’t be unlearned." Ramesh Ponnuru and I discuss conservatism's future.
"Yet in some respects reform conservatives have been more successful since his election than we were in the years before it."
"Democrats pushing for their own version of extreme policy will not act as a balm for the populist irritant on the right." Ramesh Ponnuru and I discuss the future for traditional and reform-minded conservatism.
"Some are embracing protectionism over free trade, industrial policy over free markets, victimization over personal responsibility, and are downplaying the importance of economic growth." and I discuss the future of the right.