Magazine March 9, 2020, Issue

Hasbro Conservatism

National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr.

The conservative fusionism forged by people like our beloved founder, William F. Buckley Jr., is arguably the least vital force in American politics today. 

Sure, there are six or twelve of us who are still quite fond of it, but as a coherent program that can marshal big numbers, “movement conservatism” is stock-still. 

It brings me no pleasure to report this, but I also suspect it isn’t really news to you. The old consensus has been terminal since at least 2015. (Or maybe 2008? Or 1990-whatever? Depends on whom you ask.) 

There were the understandable if often embarrassing and desperate measures taken to

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