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- The triumph of a raw populism, embodied by a shameless demagogue, over both the official establishment and the official ideology of a major political party.
- Trumpism is also a celebrity-driven cult of personality, forged by its leader’s unique reality-television appeal. This has made it relatively easy for the Republican Party’s leaders to hope that his campaign is sui generis, that when he loses in November (as most of them still expect) there won’t be a coherent Trumpism after Trump.
- Conservatism-under-liberalism should defend human goods that are threatened by liberal ideas taken to extremes. The family, when liberal freedom becomes a corrosive hyper-individualism. Traditional religion, when liberal toleration becomes a militant and superstitious secularism. Local community and local knowledge, against expert certainty and bureaucratic centralization. Artistic and intellectual greatness, when democratic taste turns philistine or liberal intellectuals become apparatchiks. The individual talent of the entrepreneur or businessman, against the leveling impulses of egalitarianism and the stultifying power of monopoly.
- "The Two Crises of Conservatism" (April 24, 2021)
- Douthat's columns, The New York Times
- Douthat's former blog, The Atlantic
- Archive of Douthat's columns, The Harvard Crimson
- Appearances on C-SPAN