National Conservatism, Uncertain Prospects

Demonstrators carry Spanish flags during a drive-in protest organised by Spain’s Vox Party against the government’s handling of the coronavirus disease pandemic in Madrid, Spain, May 23, 2020. (Sergio Perez/Reuters)
It would be a tragedy beyond reckoning if all the costs of nationalism come due before any of the good is accomplished.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A fter a well-covered conference in Orlando, and a few sallies in the Wall Street Journal, politics is still buzzing about the “national conservatives” — whether they offer a coherent addition or challenge to existing conservatism, and what their prospects are for the future.

I’ve been a national conservative since well before it was cool to say so. I remember what it was like to feel like a tiny, unwelcome ideological minority within the Right, when none of us could convince ourselves that we had any future. I remember at the time we talked about how one measure of our success would

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