This is from Nicholas Eberstadt at the American Enterprise Institute, who thinks America is doomed and bemoans conservatives’ apparent inability to save it:
“Of the many factors accountable for the political failure of the conservative tendency since Reagan, one of the most striking is a curious incuriosity about matters empirical: a peculiar inattentiveness to the way the world really works…There seems to be a tremendous temptation nowadays for conservatives to retreat into their own alternative reality, their own preferred universe where their own preferred opinions are supported by their own preferred facts…That temptation may have consolations–but it spells the death of honest thinking. Our country confronts fearsome problems. It desperately needs a conservative tendency that can, for a start, call the animals by their proper names.”
The whole article is here:
I don’t know much at all about Nicholas Eberstadt–I think he’s written a book called A NATION OF TAKERS, about our entitlement mentality/crisis–or where he gets off making such an accusation. But there it is, for what it’s worth.