The "Groyper Army" and the war over college campus conservatism, explained.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“In reality, the “groyper army” is simply the alt-right of 2016 and 2017, warmed over, reenergized and using new terminology...Its leaders and advocates are racists and Holocaust deniers” Good @cjane87 piece about an ugly aspect of American politics.
Here are a few things that the New York Post’s Sohrab Ahmari, noted public Catholic intellectual, apparently believes: American Christianity is intolerably beset by tyrannical leftists, and its only hope for salvation lies in Missouri Sen. Josh...
Mark R. Yzaguirre“If there’s anything good to come from the spectacle...perhaps it will be the realization that there is no there at the heart of “illiberal conservatism.” It’s not an ideological proposition. It’s a pose.” Cosplayers gonna cosplay. Good @EggerDC piece.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“This is how we get people purchasing plastic Trump straws for $1.50 a piece, or shouty, self-indulgent t-shirts that proclaim banal lifestyle details...” And there’s more where that came from at @ArcDigi.
Using government to create market distortions is national conservatism’s agenda.
Mark R. YzaguirreThis George Will putdown is weak. If National Conservatism is Elizabeth Warren Conservatism (and I don’t think it is), then it’s a good political development. Heck, that’s a compliment and I might go to @yhazony’s next conference if that’s true.
We need all the tools we can muster — legal, rhetorical, financial, and cultural.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“To say that it’s time to declare war does not mean it’s time to repeal the Constitution...It means treating online white-nationalist radicals exactly the way we treat online jihadist sympathizers.” Good @DavidAFrench piece about a challenge for our time.
Liberals should be cheered by the new economic populism on the right
Mark R. YzaguirreOne swallow does not a summer make, as the saying goes. But @DamonLinker is right when he says it’s a good thing if the GOP turns against the default assumption that restraints on the free market (and that’s a contestable term in itself) are bad things.
Please join me in supporting Julián Castro for President. I believe in his vision for our future — one nation, one destiny.
Let's work together for a better tomorrow. ¡Vámonos!
Mark R. YzaguirreFriends: Did you think @JulianCastro did well at the #DemDebate? If you did and want to see him stay on the debate stage, please donate to his campaign. The June 30 deadline is coming up and the more donors, the better he can get his message out. Link
The battle is long over, but the fight against extremist illiberal politics is not.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“But the human impulses on which the fascists and communists of the 1930s battened? Those do remain with us.” @davidfrum links the D-Day anniversary with struggles against illiberal authoritarianism at home and abroad today.
There is no political “emergency” that justifies abandoning classical liberalism, and no temporal emergency could ever justify rejecting the eternal truth.
Mark R. YzaguirreI’m confident I disagree with @DavidAFrench on many issues, but this is a great essay. And the closer is a strong retort to armchair Carl Schmitts who like to talk about politics as war with little regard for what that really entails.
Conservative jeremiads that condemn liberal democracy as irredeemably flawed damage the cause of freedom at a moment of mounting vulnerability.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“I take it as an encouraging indicator of liberal democracy’s intrinsic strength that one of its most aggressive critics cannot even pencil-sketch the contours of a plausible superior alternative.” Good @gabeschoenfeld piece on liberal democracy’s critics.
A lot of would-be presidents are clever people. Few have a cleverness so well targeted toward liberal intellectuals.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“Julián Castro — a former mayor of San Antonio...went to Stanford and Harvard Law School. Cory Booker was a Rhodes scholar, too. Amy Klobuchar went to Yale, and Kirsten Gillibrand, another Ivy Leaguer, speaks Mandarin“
The elite college admissions system is broken. Time for some radical change.
Mark R. YzaguirreI have a new @ArcDigi piece up. The Varsity Blues scandal has highlighted the problems with elite college admissions. I propose a fundamental change - elite college admissions should be determined by lottery.
Mark R. YzaguirreICYMI because of Mueller Sunday or March Madness. I have a new @ArcDigi piece up. The Varsity Blues scandal has highlighted problems with elite college admissions. I propose a fundamental change - elite college admissions should be determined by lottery.
Mark R. Yzaguirre@CaitlinPacific@nils_gilman Yes, and above a certain minimum academic standard (which schools can determine for themselves), the distinctions between applicants are arbitrary. My radical suggestion for elite college admissions: a lottery.