Conservatism is not just a cultural stance. It is an intellectual movement. Fox is showing the series The Right, All Along: The Rise, Fall & Future of Conservatism. William Buckley is at the center of this movement, and his contribution is well described, particularly his design to rid conservatism of atheistic Anne Randyism and Lindsey/Bush Republicanism. (Don’t get me started on Nixon, Bush Republicanism). Conservatism in Buckley’s sense of the term hasn’t had much of a run at the highest levels of government for all the complaining we hear about conservatism. Perhaps this is the time when it makes another run stripped of the illusion that the Republicans are ipso facto conservative.
Of course, this kind of conservatism is the old liberalism – skepticism of the state with an emphasis on the inherent dignity in the individual person. What we call liberalism today is statism.