The View From 1776
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
As Mark Twain said, “Recent reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
Commentary Magazine comments upon the judgement rendered by The New Yorker.
Not Quite Dead
By YUVAL LEVIN
George Packer of The New Yorker has penned the latest in a long line (reaching back many decades) of obituaries for conservatism. Like so many in the genre, it consists of a description of a movement in the midst of intellectual turmoil, searching for ways to apply its basic insights about government, human nature, and the culture to changing times, and it takes this turmoil to be a sign of decay or self-destruction. Packer discusses some of the younger conservatives (he mentions Ramesh Ponnuru, Ross Douthat, and Reihan Salam, among other examples) who are working to apply conservative principles and insights to the moment we