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Sanford Levinson, Melissa Williams, and Joel Parker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479812370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479812370.001.0001

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Uniting Conservatives: Comments on Bogus’s Trifurcated Conservatism

Uniting Conservatives: Comments on Bogus’s Trifurcated Conservatism

(p.375) 10 Uniting Conservatives: Comments on Bogus’s Trifurcated Conservatism
American Conservatism

Eldon Eisenach

NYU Press

This chapter presents four sets of reflections to comment on the last chapter’s discussion. The first argues that establishment liberalism was politically and morally bankrupt because it could not rank any set of policies or values, or even distinguish between necessary acts of governance and using the government as a vast and coercive patronage network of the powerful. The second asks that if conservatism—given its inner tensions—does not self-destruct, might it be weakened and even destroyed from the outside, by counter organizations and ideas? The third suggests that one value—the family—does unite the three fractious elements of American conservatism. The last reflection acknowledges the rise of conservative ideas in American law and jurisprudence, represented by the importance of the political theory behind the law and economics movement and by neoconservative theories of constitutional law.

Keywords:   establishment liberalism, conservatism, family, American conservatism, American law, law and economics, neoconservative theories, constitutional law

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