Does the Goldwater Comparison Really Hold Up?

From Web Exclusives

Goldwater by 1964 was the unquestioned leader of the emerging conservative movement. Trump, by contrast, has channeled a populist impulse that has yet to become a movement. It’s true that his candidacy has resonated deeply with a segment of the population and has similarities with other right-wing, anti-immigrant movements in Europe. But at this point he heads a personal, candidate-centric campaign. Continue Reading »

Liberal Disdain

From the June/July 2014 Print Edition

There once was an influential group of American intellectuals and activists who held what many nowadays would consider strange and even reprehensible ideas. They were elitists, who believed that the republic should be ruled by geniuses and great-souled men. They were mistrustful of democracy, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Wise Helmsman

From the January 2014 Print Edition

Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative by michael novak image, 336 pages, $24Time seems to have mellowed Michael Novak, the well-known Catholic writer, theologian, and philosopher. In previous decades, he wrote that the neoconservatives who, like himself, had moved from . . . . Continue Reading »