Coming Full Circle

Back in February of last year, we looked at items by Radley Balko and Jonah Goldberg on what they dubbed “the conservative left“, and how it’s adopted much of William F. Buckley’s old motto of “standing athwart history, yelling stop!”


A hallmark of the pre-Buckley American conservatism of the first half of the twentieth century was isolationism. Ironically though, that impulse was largely eradicated by the events of December 7th, 1941, and modern conservatism was defined by a willingness to fight the Cold War head on. It was something they shared with most mainstream American liberals, prior to what we’ve referred to a couple of times as “the class of ’72“.

But in contrast, the events of 9/11, Harry Hatchett writes, fueled a powerful impulse towards isolationism on the left:

This is the curious thing about the past few years


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