In his new book, former Mises Institute President Jeff Deist writes incisively about the evils associated with the modern administrative state, including an important discussion of the late Murray Rothbard’s views on immigration.
The unremitting success of the left’s march through Western institutions hardly suggests that liberals suffer from a death wish; on the contrary, it is conservatism that appears to be consuming itself.
With BLM, as with many other dominant social themes, the problem is not just the organization; it actually is the idea—or more significantly, the function of the idea in the continued transformation of Western society.
Joseph de Maistre, a brilliant wordsmith, was an elegant defender of the old order, while John Stuart Mill, in his plodding prose, helped to usher in welfare democracy and the modern administrative state.
In A World After Liberalism, Matthew Rose displays an excellent prose style, but his ideas about the so-called radical right are unrealistic, inconsistent, and not well-grounded in a historical understanding of liberalism.
The crisis of conservatism stems from the failure of classical liberalism and the resultant politicization of the economy. Big State meets Big Capital to create our present-day arrangement: woke capitalism.