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.”

Many of The Heritage Foundation’s erstwhile most promising intellects—Matthew Spalding, David Azerrad, Arthur Milikh, and Ryan T. Anderson among them—have notably departed Conservatism, Inc.’s flagship think tank over the past few years. Kim R. Holmes’s essay provides a clue as to why. Holmes is yesterday’s man, dutifully reciting yesterday’s talking points, in defense of yesterday’s conservatism.

Holmes’s neoliberal-inspired “fusionist”...


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