The Reactionary Tradition Out to Annihilate American Liberty

Source: Reason
by Brian Doherty

“For portions of the MAGA right, the stakes in politics seem unbearably high. … People whose worldviews sicken them seem to control every citadel of political and cultural power and to brook no opposition. Even President Donald Trump seemed powerless to shift America back to the country they wanted. And so several institutions and thinkers of the intellectual right have declared that it’s time to take the gloves off in a way even Trump would not. It’s time, they argue, to fight against ‘liberalism’ — not just the attitudes associated with the Democratic Party, but the historical idea of a social order based on people’s ability to make their own choices about what to do with their lives and property, to live and travel where they wish, to choose meanings, family structures, attitudes, and lifeways freed of any obligation to national or ethnic traditions.” (for publication 02/22)