Commentary: A Lesson in Power

The lesson the Right must learn now—or it never will—is that power cannot be eschewed but must instead be used.

My latest column for American Greatness is out.

It is true that the GOP and the Democratic Party are fundamentally unified in many ways. Nevertheless, if America is subject to “uniparty” rule, the Democratic half is the more effective, ruthless, and ambitious half.

The lesson the Right must learn now—or it never will—is that power cannot be eschewed but must instead be used. The Right must learn to use the sword of the state responsibly. As the Left does, the Right must believe that it can use power to build a better world, and it must develop the vision to do so. It must leave the historically irrelevant and defeated conservative movement behind and peel away the GOP’s blindfold so that it may see clearly both its enemies and what it must do.

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The first episode of Discourses, a web series that I launched through this newsletter, is online. Paul Gottfried joins me for a talk about conservatism, where it has been, and where it might go. You can listen to the first installment here.