James Northcote, Edmund Burke,  Oil on canvas

In 2006, Stanley Kurtz, writing at National Review Online, lamented that conservatives had given up on the culture. Rather than talking about the importance of social conditions to a stable society, conservatives had yielded that ground to the left. The devotion of the left to multiculturalism and various forms of “cultural studies” made such talk unnerving to conservatives, who preferred the supposedly separate spheres of politics and economics. Moreover, conservatives too often simply...


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