Published October 7, 2022
British Prime Minister Liz Truss, in a speech at her party’s annual conference on Wednesday, attempted to show that her economic plan is based on enduring principle. She instead displayed something else: limousine conservatism.
That, of course, is a play on “limousine liberalism” — the epithet created in the 1970s to define a certain type of well-to-do leftist who supported lax criminal justice policies and high government spending. That person, as Tom Wolfe described in his blistering stories and novels, would emerge from their Central Park co-ops and sought to save the poor from an uncaring, oppressive society.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.