American Conservatives

Jonah Goldberg on The Corner

Me: Yup: The American revolution was a radical event. Today’s conservatives are defenders of that radical tradition. Not every conservative is right simply because he or she is labeled a “conservative.” It all depends on what you want to conserve. Conservatives in Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia are not American-style conservatives and should not be confused as such. Modern conservatism isn’t merely classical liberalism, but if you take the classical liberalism out of American conservatism, it isn’t American conservative anymore and I for one would stop calling myself a conservative if that were to happen.

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