Read David Brooks

Conservative friends especially need to read David Brooks today on the role of experience and prudence in the conservative movement:

Conservatism was once a frankly elitist movement. Conservatives stood against radical egalitarianism and the destruction of rigorous standards. They stood up for classical education, hard-earned knowledge, experience and prudence. Wisdom was acquired through immersion in the best that has been thought and said…

The idea that “the people” will take on and destroy “the establishment” is a utopian fantasy that corrupted the left before it corrupted the right. Surely the response to the current crisis of authority is not to throw away standards of experience and prudence, but to select leaders who have those qualities but not the smug condescension that has so marked the reaction to the Palin nomination in the first place.

H/T to Daniel Drezner.

We can be conservative and libertarian without being stupid, folks. Really.

One thought on “Read David Brooks”

  1. Those words – conservative and libertarian – were never meant to be put to use as the average conservative and libertarian thought they were meant to be.

    The Great Tao is lost, dude; whatever benevolence and righteousness that springs forth, regardless of source or name is suspect.

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