What Is ‘National Conservatism’?

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At the second National Conservatism Conference, notes toward an empirical definition of national conservatism.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C onventional wisdom among Western elites today holds that populist leaders are nothing but accidents in their respective countries’ political histories. On the basis of that interpretation, these elites attribute populists’ power to voters’ credulity and susceptibility to false narratives that obscure the salutary movement of our societies toward more global exchange, international norms, diversity, and rights. And from this, they conclude that the new populist leaders won’t survive contact with political reality, and that education and communication will bring wayward citizens led astray by demagoguery back into the fold. Former U.S. Secretary of State and losing 2016 presidential candidate Hillary

Alexis Carré is a French writer whose work focuses on the dangers threatening the link between liberalism and democracy. His work is available on his website and via Twitter @Aliocha24.

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