Unlike the fusionism
associated with modern American conservatism, though, Hayek's brand had a skeptical and tragic cast to it.
: the syncretic ideology combining libertarian economics with social traditionalism, which we now refer to simply as conservatism.
If the concept of the organic reconciliation of opposites needed an introduction, Tonsor would look to political philosophy and especially to the founder of fusionism
, Frank Meyer.
The authors initially dismiss Frank Meyer's fusionism
(see In Defense of Freedom and Related Essays [Indianapolis, Ind.: Liberty Fund, 1996]) and Charles Cook's "conservatarianism" (see The Conservatarian Manifesto [New York: Crown Forum, 2015]) as unsuccessful attempts at fusing the two paradigms (p.
Olsen's historical model is conservative "fusionism
" -- a theory that asserted common political and intellectual ground between social conservatives and libertarians in the middle of the last century.
Summary: Republicans need to identify a modern fusionism
with a unifying concept and a corresponding set of shared policy ideas tailored to the era
Frank Meyer, a National Review editor, championed the idea of "fusionism
," an attempt to wed a libertarian emphasis on individual freedom with traditional conservative values.
Whatever their initial intentions, the "fusionism
" of Frank Meyer (which pushed for a definition of conservatism that manifestly excluded the form articulated by Russell Kirk and later defended by paleoconservatives) in service of Buckley's penchant for excommunicating various elements of the conservatism that would not conform to his vision for the American Right forms the backdrop for Hawley's book.
It's altogether fitting that a book throwing down the gauntlet for a libertarian-conservative fusion in the 2010s has emerged from an author linked to the same magazine as the progenitor of the original fusionism
of a half-century earlier.
would make its way, often imperfectly, on through to the rank and file of the Republican Party and surely was a key element in the movement from Goldwater's pasting in '64 to the acme of the Reagan years.
As a result, the libertarian group at UCLA is more conservative than libertarian, and therefore more tolerant of both the "fusionism
" that has defined post-war right-wing politics in the United States and the strategies adopted by political activists (discussed below).
There are seven chapters: the conservative canon and its uses; the traditionalist dialect; the libertarian dialect; fusionism
as philosophy and rhetorical practice; WFB; Whittaker ChambersAEs martyrdom; conservatism and canonicity.