Editors’ note: the below is a response to “The fallacies of the common good” by Kim R. Holmes, the lead essay in “Common-good conservatism: a debate.” Holmes’s reply can be found here.

Kim R. Holmes has written a lively and provocative, if ultimately unconvincing, defense of what he calls “traditional conservatism.” Just how “traditional” this conservatism really is remains open to question. His essay is best understood as a thoughtful and succinct encapsulation of the assumptions and analytic categories underlying mainstream intellectual and...


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