Crack-Up Continued

Jacob Heilbrunn picks up the meme in the Washington Monthly. "Who would have thought that, at the peak of the conservative movement's political success, its founding fathers would recoil from the Frankenstein's monster they created and end up as troubled heretics?" he asks.

There was a great quote from George H. Nash at the Philadelphia Society dinner a month or so back — a paraphrase from another source — that I've been trying to remember. It was to the effect that every movement begins as a church, becomes a business, and ends as a scam. Nash's talk was actually quite optimistic — though the John Lukacs talk that followed made the direction that conservatism has taken abundantly clear.


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