How our president is reviving an older more genuine liberalism.

Frontpage Mag | 10/18/2018 | Staff
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Michael Ledeen is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Frank Buckley is a real original, and his recent book, The Republican Workers Party, gives us plenty to ponder. He is a political maverick, rejecting labels and stereotypes, which delights me.

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The title comes from Trump’s speech to CPAC in 2017. Which Buckley characterizes this way:

He’s a Trump guy, neither a traditional conservative nor an establishment Republican. He deplores the indifference both liberals and conservatives reserve for the poor, and writes movingly about “empathy erosion.” But unlike true believers of both Left and Right, Buckley does not believe that education, important though it may be, can overcome it. Instead, he sides with Pascal: “the heart has its reasons which reason knoweth not.”

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In other words, the remedy for today’s indifference toward the poor is not so much new legislation as new leaders, who lead by moral example rather than appeal to any “modern” ideology. Buckley powerfully invokes religion—religious men and women--as the only way out. In so doing, he says we need less Law School Law and more revealed law, and he has little admiration for either the top conservatives or the leading liberals.

Meanwhile, the conservatives abandoned the liberalism of the Founders. The Sisters of Charity, Buckley reminds us, “had never read John Locke, but…they had something better than a theory or a philosophy.”

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Meanwhile again, Trump addressed Americans who had been maltreated by the government and dropped into the ranks of the impoverished, unemployed, and unsuccessful. “(Trump) identified the hollowness of modern liberalism and appealed to a forgotten liberalism of compassion for fellow Americans.”

Ergo, the workers’ party. It’s an important and provocative book....
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