Conservatism: Rise of the crazy-cons? 

L.A. Times Columnist David Klinghoffer, apparently embarrassed by Andrew Breitbart, lamented in his Sunday column about the rise of ‘crazy-cons’ in the conservative movement.

What has become of conservatism? We have reached a point at which nothing could be more important than to stop and recall what brought us here, to the right, in the first place.

Buckley’s National Review, where I was the literary editor through the 1990s, remains as vital and interesting as ever. But more characteristic of conservative leadership are figures on TV, radio and the Internet who make their money by stirring fears and resentments. With its descent to baiting blacks, Mexicans and Muslims, its accommodation of conspiracy theories and an increasing nastiness and vulgarity, the conservative movement has undergone a shift toward demagoguery and hucksterism. Once the talk was of “neocons” versus “paleocons.” Now we observe the rule of the crazy-cons.

Klinghoffer suggests that its time to return to cultured conservatism as defined by William Buckley Jr., Whittaker Chambers, and Richard Weaver.

Read his entire column here.

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