Notes on a New American Right

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How can we square the ‘highest good’ with the Constitution as currently interpreted?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M uch like his recent essays and debates with National Review senior editor David French, Sohrab Ahmari’s new First Things essay “The New American Right” asks the right questions, but the constitutional direction of his answers cuts against the tide of how America has politically fractured over the past half century. He fails also to integrate into his analysis the classical arrangement of our constitutional order, which emphasizes that we are neither a consolidated modern republic nor a loosely collected set of political fragments. The problem with national conservatism, of which Ahmari is a leader, is that it actually builds on the

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Richard M. Reinsch II — Mr. Reinsch is the editor of the online publication Law & Liberty and a co-author, with the late Peter Augustine Lawler, of A Constitution in Full: Recovering the Unwritten Foundation of American Liberty.

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