National conservatism is a new “movement” of public intellectuals who purport to be conservative. But if conservative is related to conserving, I don’t think they are. They’re actually disgruntled revolutionaries intent on tearing things down.
As their name suggests, national conservatives focus a lot on national sovereignty and the nation-state. The way they understand these things, however, is historically uninformed and ideological. I take them to task in this essay, which I wrote for The Bulwark. You can read the first paragraph of the essay below. The link under the paragraph takes you to the full essay on The Bulwark webpage.
“As far as my personal opinion is concerned, to care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it’s good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things.” So said that incorrigible critic of reason, Dostoevsky’s Underground Man. Disillusioned as he was by the direction of the modern world, he might have found a few kindred spirits today among the public intellectuals associated with “national conservatism.”
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