Magazine May 14, 2018, Issue

Redeeming the Miracle

Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy, by Jonah Goldberg (Crown Forum, 464 pp., $28)

The great philosopher of freedom Friedrich Hayek always denied that he was a conservative. He was surely right in part. Conservatism is about much more than freedom. But his denials were also rooted in an understanding of conservatism as blood-and-soil European reactionism, and Hayek in fact frequently gave voice to some core truths of our rather different Anglo-American conservatism. This was the case with the opening words of Hayek’s magnum opus, The Constitution of Liberty. “If old truths are to retain their hold on men’s minds,” Hayek wrote, “they must be restated in the language and concepts of successive generations.”

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Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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Yuval Levin reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy, by Jonah Goldberg.

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Richard Rustad responds to Yuval Levin & Ramesh Ponnuru’s article “A New Health-Care Debate.”

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