The tiniest minority of all: the right-wing intellectual. To what degree do intellectuals influence public policy? Complicating the question is that the right seems by nature more passive than the left. I agree there ought to be something more than "principled loserdom" or ivory-tower pronouncements, particularly during this odd, frightening historical moment. Buckley included a section in every magazine about recent bills and where various politicians stood. That was removed when Lowry took over. For a long time I enjoyed the freshness of the Lowry years. But that all changed over the last ten years or so and esp. during the Trump years when I was shocked to see what NR had become. Jay Nordlinger, who I respected as much as anyone, was writing comments that looked fishy. I canceled my subscription during the election year when NR's judgment was atrocious, its copy editing nonexistent, its writers almost completely gone over to the other side, with the exception of Brookhiser, Epstein, Smith, Miller, and a few others. Brookhiser has proven more valuable as a historian. I have subscribed to all the magazines, and Claremont was the last one I recommended—until the Winter 2021 post-election issue. Republicans needs new players. Many intellectuals could contribute more if they did something else for a living. I saw many things clearly for the first time in 2020.

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National Review was a Derp State operation from its inception, it just managed to hide it better in the past. But the truth is anybody who knew anything and was paying attention could see that NR was an enemy of the United States of America and our Constitution back in 1962 when they came out against the John Birch Society by lying about it. They had to lie about it because to tell the truth about it would have worked contrary to their treasonous purposes.

There's a very telling paragraph in this NR article about the subject:


"On the upside, as he had anticipated, mainstream and liberal commentators praised Buckley for taking on Welch. James Reston termed Buckley’s editorial “brilliant.” The Washington Post, in its editorial praise of his stand, referred to Buckley as “a conservative Catholic who recently scolded the Pope for showing socialistic tendencies.” Time pronounced National Review a “surprising” new recruit to the ranks of the JBS’s critics and proclaimed it an “increasingly lively, literate journal.” Clearly, Buckley was having an impact beyond the confines of the conservative movement."

So, only an idiot wonders whose side NR is on and has been since the beginning.

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“The learn to code” and trashing people they have no idea about angered a lot of people.

Pushing their version of the “free market” with open borders, slave labor overseas, no tariffs by America but cool if they’re done to us...Probably not a good idea.

Going to guess this type of attitude is how you summon nemesis.

All the “free market” has done is fuel the revolution. Can’t have a country or culture without borders. There might be some evil out there that wants revenge on America and the West and trade doesn’t matter to them? What’s weird is all the non Western countries get this...

I watched John Ford’s, “The Grapes of Wrath” lately (I know it’s a book) It’s all about labor costs to this day...

Government should be limited to actual defense and war (tariffs are part of defense). I would say infrastructure, space exploration ( I threw that in there), and interstate commerce. Those are broad but no time for the minutiae...

Lastly, younger adults need mentors to assist in their growth, not overlords restricting it.

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