Thursday, June 05, 2008

Dr. Fleming, from the comments on Nationalism, Patriotism, and Internationalism I:
American conservatives have always been, most of them, liberals, if only classical liberals, and liberals see themselves as in the vanguard of human advancement and liberation. Accepting all the twaddle about liberty, equality, and fraternity–as the late Mr. Buckley did for the most part–they could never withstand the assault of the left except when it represented a challenge to property and profits.

What I am suggesting, therefore, is for Americans on the right to jettison all the liberal baggage that has weighed them down, and to subject this ideology to scrutiny and return to a pre-liberal way of looking at society and politics. Although I have utterly failed to make this case, that is what I have been doing for 30 years.

He is finishing a third book "in which the significance of kinship and friendship is elevated about abstract rationality." Wonderful!

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