We have been blogging about the different kinds of conservatism: the individualistic version–which values autonomy, free markets, personal liberty–and the collective version, which values nationalism, institutions, and social order. Put in other ways, there are libertarians and Burkeans, free traders and protectionists, big business conservatives and populist conservatives; economic conservatives and cultural conservatives. Ronald Reagan crafted an alliance between these different mindsets, with Donald Trump representing the latter side of these dichotomies.
Now a debate has broken out between not only the two kinds of conservatives but over the tactics necessary in today’s cultural and political environment. New York Post editor Sohrab Ahmari, an Iranian-American and Catholic convert, has written an essay for First Things entitled “Against David French-ism.” The reference is to National Review writer David French–an attorney, veteran, and evangelical Christian–who became a well-known Never Trump conservative.