In the NYT this morning, David Brooks has a column titled “The Conservative Future.” While many on the main-stream right are despairing over the dismal results of the election, there are a few “hot spots” that point to the future of conservatism in America.
If you listened to the Republican candidates this year, you heard a conventional set of arguments. But if you go online, you can find a vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation.
He suggests some categories including paleoconservatives, lower-middle reformists, soft-libertarians, and Burkean Revivalists. Although “paleoconservative” is an inadequate and wholly unsatisfying moniker, here’s what he has to say about this group:
The American Conservative has become one of the more dynamic spots on the political Web. Writers like Rod Dreher and Daniel Larison tend to be suspicious of bigness: big corporations, big government, a big military, concentrated power and concentrated wealth. Writers at that Web site, and at the temperamentally aligned Front Porch Republic, treasure tight communities and local bonds. They’re alert to the ways capitalism can erode community. Dispositionally, they are more Walker Percy than Pat Robertson.
Exactly. It’s encouraging to think that the future of a legitimate conservatism just may include a front porch.