Bret Stephens of the New York Times has written an interesting analysis of the conservative response to and positioning on U. S. support for Ukraine in its war with Russia. I won’t go into all the shades of conservatism and how he sees them aligned, except to note that this issue for me brought out the one significant area of my disagreement with Tucker Carlson and his brand of isolationism and populist nationalism, which I have expressed a number of times in previous posts. For the record, I hate to see him leave Fox, but I’m sure he and his numerous fellow travelers will land somewhere of significance and I’ll no doubt find other opportunities to respond. Just to reiterate my difference on the Ukraine point, I basically could find nowhere in Tucker’s thinking the fact that, to paraphrase conservative scholar George Weigel, “there is no such thing as a self-regulating international order. Someone–some power or powers–will define the ordering of world affairs, and when Putin says that his ultimate goal is the collapse of Western hegemony, he must be taken seriously–he means the destruction of the systems of international security and exchange that have prevented a global conflagration since 1945.” And for all of our disdain for the “new world order”, the “Davos elite”, and the green “wokism” culture exported by the West, no sane person should want to risk any aspect of the system that Putin would have replace it.
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