Via Ross Douthat, I found this eminently engaging and hopeful post by Michael Brendan Dougherty on what passes for “paleo” optimism. I particularly like this:
Conservatism, as the paleos and I understand it is not in a defensive position, but in an insurgent position. Certainly many figures in conservatism have contributed the movement’s marginalization and irrelevance – deliberately courting their destruction. But once a group is marginalized it begins to attract marginal people. Think bow-ties, walking sticks, cigar habits and a propensity to include middle names in bylines. Have you ever been to CPAC? That doesn’t even mention the conspiracy theorists and Clinton-haters. The conservative movements has all sorts of pathologies that work to its disadvantage. Being marginalized sucks.