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Interview: Mallory Factor on Big Tent Conservatism

May 10th, 2014 - 12:04 am


“I’m a professor at the Citadel; it’s a military college in South Carolina, which is a very conservative college to begin with.  And my students had no idea what conservatism was.  Some thought it was being religious; others thought it was being a member of the Republican Party; and I can go on from there,” author, professor, and Fox News contributor Mallory Factor tells me during our latest interview. “So I decided on putting together a course on what conservatism is, where it came from, how it came about, what are its pillars.  And I found out that I knew very little about it.”

However, Factor knew 17 people, all of whom had lectured on conservatism at the Citadel, who knew quite a bit about the topic, and asked them to contribute the essays that make up the new book, Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution–As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen. Such people who make conservatism happen as Michael Barone, Newt Gingrich, Ed Meese, Rand Paul, Donald Rumsfeld, frequent PJTV contributor Yaron Brook, Phyllis Schlafly, and others.

During our interview, Mallory will discuss:

● How the philosophy of conservatism was born.

● How William F. Buckley crafted a post-World War II, Cold War vision of conservatism.

● How neoconservatism began.

● How do the various strains of social conservatism, neoconservatism and libertarian conservatism coexist?

● Which vision of conservatism will ultimately prevail for the foreseeable future?

And much more. Click here to listen:

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17 weeks ago
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Far too short, but fascinating while it lasted. I've promised myself to watch for this author on C-Span's book show. I'd particularly like to hear him expand on the comment he made about "..burning heretics...", and which "heretics" he feels have been immolated. Lugar? Bennet? Brown? Rubio? I'm sorry, but the protestations of Haley Barbour, like those from other board members of GOP Inc., such as Karl Rove, Speaker Boner, or Grampy McCain, do not persuade.
18 weeks ago
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Rep. Paul Ryan was quoted last month in The Economist, using similar language, in an article titled "The Jack Kemp Revival."

"......Mr. Ryan hails his old friend for representing an inclusive, 'confident' strand of conservatism. Without naming names, Mr. Ryan draws a contrast with 'insecure' conservatives, focused on 'purifying the ranks and burning heretics,' rather than on winning converts."

About the late Mr. Kemp, the article also talks about...... "his willingness to preach the joys of free enterprise in union halls, black community meetings or urban housing projects. Many saw a link to his sporting years. As congressional colleagues joked: 'Jack Kemp has showered with more black men than most Republicans meet in a lifetime.' "

I'd interpret "heretic" a bit differently. For some conservatives, one is a "heretic to be burned" if one does not adhere to the "pro-life agenda;" or to the social issues in general. I recall a statement made in November, 2012, after the election, when a prominent anti-abortion activist (don't recall the name) blamed Romney's loss on his "failure" to come out strongly against abortion.
18 weeks ago
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I remember reading Col David Hackworth's About Face, and he spoke really highly of Citadel grads.
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