The crux of why paleoconservatives
like Presser have so little in common with libertarians of Posner's (or Barnett's) ilk is that such libertarians make choice the ultimate touchstone of human freedom, without apparently considering that choice in a world untethered to and deracinated from social connection and cultural meaning will have little relationship to what many human beings want out of that freedom.
Kolozi rightfully traces the influence of Trump and his call for an America First, nationalist agenda to the capitalist criticisms of paleoconservatives
like Samuel Francis and Pat Buchanan.
When they raise, as they do, the subjects embraced by American paleoconservatives
and the so-called alt-right, that doesn't mean the French debate has been taken over by extremists.
Oh, everyone has his own definition of conservatism, with neoconservatives, paleoconservatives
, "crunchy conservatives," fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, and others all claiming real-McCoy status.
The goal was to ally with "paleoconservatives
." That term--reportedly coined by the conservative historian Paul Gottfried--was a play on "neoconservative," a term applied to Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, and other former leftists and liberals who had not just joined the right but brought along baggage (support for global military crusades, greater tolerance for the welfare state) that the paleocons opposed.
Religious conservatives and paleoconservatives
"railed against the state as an agent of secularism," but also, paradoxically, allied with neoconservatives to reshape government to their liking (p.
This kind of mindset change is also being used to distinguish the neoconservatives from the paleoconservatives
. One should remember that neoconservatism was established as movement by former Trotskyist militants.
Taylor concedes that "Reagan was able to keep the party together--social conservatives and economic conservatives, paleoconservatives
and neoconservatives, libertarians and moralists, populists and elitists." That was no small achievement, especially when coupled with fatally undermining the Soviet Union and pulling America out of a serious recession.
Still, there were quite a few who were arguing against it, principally the paleoconservatives
, whose name was coined whimsically by Thomas Fleming and Paul Gottfried to distinguish the remnants of the Old Right from the self-described neoconservatives.
In spite of all of this, the liberal community seems to think that the rest of the world would be better off without the U.S., or at least with it following the policy of "leading from behind." Admittedly, there are paleoconservatives
like Pat Buchanan and libertarians like Ron Paul who agree on this point, but most conservatives do not believe that a radical diminution of American power and influence would be good for us or the world.
There are also fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, neoconservatives, paleoconservatives
, liberal Republicans and Tea Partiers.
About two decades ago, newsletters that were published under his aegis and ghost-written by a close adviser routinely engaged in a sort of neo-Southern Strategyan attempt to unite "paleoconservatives
" with coded (and sometimes uncoded) messages laced with fear and contempt for the Other, whether blacks, gays, or Jews.