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Why Establishment Conservatives Still Miss the Point of Trump

Conservatives must both propose and implement actual policies that make an actual, tangible difference in the lives of ordinary Americans.

The American Dream Is Not Dead

Populists on the right and the left have agreed that the economy is killing the middle class, but the data say otherwise.

Trump Is Living up to His Populist Promise

President Trump’s politics are often labeled as “populist.” Three recent executive actions show he’s delivering on the promise of that label.

Trumpism Isn’t Going Away. Europe Proves It.

The rise of Vox, a culturally conservative party opposed to mass immigration, is part of a larger trend in this year’s national elections in Europe that shows the forces that fueled President Trump’s rise are gaining, not losing, strength.

Revolt of the Somewheres

Our moralizing modern-day aristocrats are at odds with American justice.

The Failure of the French Elite

The yellow vest protests have revealed the profound divide between the privileged class embodied by Emmanuel Macron and the rest of France.

Don’t Fool Yourself. the Political Center Won’t Recover Anytime Soon.

Globally, the prevailing trend is rising support for anti-immigrant, nationalist populist parties — not a resurgence of the center.

The Counterrevolution to Populism Is Happening All over the World

In country after country, the rise of anti-immigrant parties or movements is forcing many supporters of traditional center-right parties to recalibrate.

Don’t Ask Government For Love

Describing our troubles as the result of bad faith on the part of our leaders, or “worship” of capitalism, is infantilizing and manipulative.

The Populism Debates

Markets sometimes offer ways to solve problems from the bottom up and to allow for an edifying diversity of solutions to coexist at once, and so can be allied to the logic underlying a commitment to civil society. And yet, markets and a traditional moral order characterized by commitments to family, faith, community, and country can also be in very great tension with one another.