The United States is not a Nation

Earlier this month, prominent names in the conservative movement gathered in Washington, DC, for a conference on “National Conservatism.” Speakers included such luminaries as Tucker Carlson, Peter Thiel, J.D. Vance, John Bolton, Michael Anton, Rich Lowry, Yuval Levin, and Josh Hawley. Representing the academy were F.H. Buckley, Charles Kesler, Amy Wax, and Patrick Deneen. Other conservative writers and thinkers participated in panels. The two figures most associated with national conservatism — Yoram Hazony and R.R. Reno — spoke during the opening plenary.

What is this national conservatism all about?

The succinct answer is the marriage of nationalism to conservatism. The conference organizers defined nationalism as “a commitment to a world of independent nations.” They presented national conservatism as “an intellectually serious alternative to the excesses of purist libertarianism, and in stark opposition to theories grounded in race.” Their stated aim was “to solidify and energize national conservatives, offering them a much-needed institutional base, substantial ideas in the areas of public policy, political theory, and economics, and an extensive support network across the country.”

Sounds interesting. However, neither national conservatism nor nationalism — whatever the distinctions between them — can take hold in the United States.

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5 Responses to The United States is not a Nation

  1. brighteyes says:

    It aint a Democracy either. It’s a Republic. Though the Demo’s like you saying it’s a Democracy. Big difference in the two.

    • FaCubeItches says:

      It was founded as a Republic. At best, it still nominally is one, though in practice, it is not, and hasn’t been for a long time.

      • brighteyes says:

        I agree completely. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t a leg it make. Ol Lincoln said something about that if you recall.

  2. LargeMarge says:

    Based on my experience in fUSA, there is no nation. The place is a series of unassociated dissimilar self-serving ‘communities’.

    The ‘balkanizing’ happened sometime around the death of JFK, but neither David nor Chet mentioned it on The Evening News©.

  3. Bert says:

    The American Experiment was to pattern itself in ways different than Europe. The map presented in the article pretty much defines America as Europe #2.

Play nice.