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Capitalism and The Humane Economy

Allan Carlson has posted a recent speech he gave investigating the use of terms like “conservative” and “capitalism” and arguing that today’s popular libertarianism is not actually conservative in any meaningful way and that the only sort of “capitalism” which can be understood as conservative is one which prioritizes and defends conservative ideals and institutions, what he, […]

Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Joe Carter, Front Porch Republic, and the Problem of Utopia

Way back in late 2011 and early 2012 Joe Carter posted some helpful, interesting, and entertaining reflections on the Front Porch Republic. His main point is that, however intellectually stimulating their work may be, they cannot seem to escape a fundamental commitment to utopianism. This is a problem that is hardly limited to the good […]

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Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

Part of what made me want to publish a review of an older book like Allan Carlson’s Third Ways is that it seems as if a number of conservatives are making known their desires to break with the unhelpful Left/Right political bifurcation.  A few years back James Matthew Wilson wrote his “Letter from a Traditional Conservative” at Front […]