How are today’s conservatives different from those of the past?

Pat Cunningham

Kathleen Geier SAYS today’s right-wing is not your father’s conservative movement:

I would argue that there is one important way in which today’s conservatives differ from conservatives of the past. It’s this: today’s conservative movement is much more genuinely populist, in the sense that it is much less dominated by elites…[I]n the 1950s, the wildly popular libertarian novelist Ayn Rand was basically read out of the conservative movement. The most famous smackdown occurred in 1957 in the pages of William F. Buckley’s National Review, when conservative icon Whittaker Chambers wrote a scathing review of Rand’s magnum opus…

Following that review, ...

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