Rotting from the head
Even conservative "intellectuals" can't bother to fake it anymore
Sometimes I actually feel bad, though in a very limited way, that we have been forced to acknowledge there never was any such thing as conservative policy — just the “irritable mental gestures” to which Lionel Trilling condensed it in 1950. It makes a lot of the time and effort I’ve spent on it seem wasted.
When I started in this rac…