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This @aaronsibarium essay on "national conservatism" is very, very good, even where I might disagree with it. It's brimming with interesting insights about a movement that is likely to be increasingly influential in American political life: the-american-interest.com/2019/08/15/nat…
@aaronsibarium On the tautology of the nation-state promoting tradition (or at least not undermining it), despite the nation-state being a rather radical and often violent idea at the creation, as well as after it
@aaronsibarium @aminterest This gets a similar point I made in my recent @TheAtlantic essay on "cultural distance": theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/… For many conservatives, African Catholic immigrants would (in theory) be more in line with their values than white, secular Europeans
@aaronsibarium @aminterest @TheAtlantic What unites the "national conservatives" isn't so much their national conservatism. Many attending the inaugural conference were more localist than nationalist, as Aaron notes. To the extent that there's a movement here, I'd put it under the broader umbrella of "post-liberal"
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