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’s essay on current fissures in conservative thought is well worth the attention The New Criterion has given it in this symposium. Holmes addresses an important controversy among conservatives, and he does so in a way that accurately describes the contending points of view.

In regard to his essay, and the issues...


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