The Corner

My Two Cents

Frum’s piece was a powerful, and long overdue, response to all the

“Goldberg Review” nonsense that the paleos have been shoveling for so long

(though I thought that lumping Bob Novak with Sam Francis might have been

painting with too broad a brush).

I appreciate John Miller’s vouching for my bona fides even though we

disagree on immigration. But there’s a broader point here, going beyond

immigration. Frum’s piece is called “Unpatriotic Conservatives,” but the

paleos (or at least the more bitter among them) are only one part of the

non-patriotic right; the libertarians (or at least the more doctrinaire and

fanatic among them) are the other component. The point is that, even though

they disagree about immigration, the despairing paleos and the utopian

libertarians share a tenuous loyalty (at best) to the actually existing

Constitution, territory, and people of the United States of America. We

should turn our backs on both.


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