Dr. Carey is Professor of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author and editor of several works including In Defense of the Constitution, Freedom and Virtue, and A Student’s Guide to American Political Thought. In 2003, he was awarded the ISI Regnery Award for Distinguished Institutional Service.
A Conserving Caucus in Action
This essay appears in the Winter 2014 issue of Modern Age. To subscribe now, go here.
A survey of the present American political scene provides, I believe, the background and point of departure for examining more permanent and basic aspects of American institutions and politics that pose enormous obstacles to the realization of principles long associated with traditional conservatism. More specifically the eclipse (some might say the disappearance) of traditional conservatism when both Congress and the presidency are controlled by Republicans is no anomaly; it is, instead, the predictable outgrowth of an interplay between the political culture and institutions. . . .
When writing about Willmoore Kendall a strong temptation exists to deal with the man, not his teachings or theory. This I have always felt to be a shame, and, at times, a deliberate dodge because the reviewer or commentator sought to avoid coming to grips with the substance of his thought. I content myself with noting, as does Jeffrey Hart in his introduction to this volume, that Willmoore was a character of the first order who could on occasion be extremely perverse. . . .