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Time to Grow Up, GOP

uhohshortsonthehighway Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 7:35 AM
It's no surprise that liberals dominate the industries that Jonah points out: "newspapers, the broadcast networks and most especially academia and Hollywood" -- here you have a moldy, outdated source that prints retractions week afterward and buries them in the back pages; a rapidly dying source that employs bitter, loudmouth, crude, argumentative, hard-headed hacks; an institution with a captive audience that is at times forced to agree with opinions forced upon them or be stuck with grades that follow them for life; and an industry that deals complely with fantasy and fiction.

It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success.

American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual -- he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" -- who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes,...