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The Gerson Problem

With all due respect to Michael Gerson, of whom I’d never heard before his appearance in the Bush administration (my bad, I guess), his brand of conservatism seems more like big-government populism, the limits of which he never quite defines. He’s sort of a Kevin Phillips with a religious influence. Besides, more Burkean caution, in my view, is exactly what’s needed in the face of calls for the massive overhauling of large segments of our society. It seems to me that Gerson would do better focusing on the excesses of the federal government and those who demand more of it, rather than beating a conservative horse that hasn’t been ridden for about two decades.


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