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Acton Line podcast: Rise of the national conservatives with Matthew Continetti

The conservative movement in America has always been evolving. From the old right of the progressive era to the conservative intellectual movement identified with William F. Buckley Jr. and National Review to the Reagan revolution to today, the political right in America has changed with the challenges it has faced and with the context of the times in which it has existed.

The current iteration of the conservative movement is today more nationalist, more populist and more skeptical, if not opposed, to classical liberalism, liberal institutions and free markets than ever before – at times even expressing doubt or skepticism about the American founding itself.

How did the conservative movement get here?

On the episode, Matthew Continetti, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the history of the American conservative movement, its evolution into being dominated by nationalism and populism, and where it may be headed in the future.

Matthew Continetti at the American Enterprise Institute

Making Sense of the New American Right – Matthew Continetti

The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 – George Nash

A healthy conservative nationalism? Not without classical liberalism – Joseph Sunde

The biggest problems of national conservatism – Acton Line

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