- Interview by
- Luke Savage
In late October and early November, prominent members of America’s political right descended on Orlando for the second-ever conference on “national conservatism.” From elected officials to right-wing intellectuals, the gathering and its various events offered crucial insights into the state of the conservative movement and its direction of travel in a post-Trumpified world.
So, what exactly is “national conservatism” and to what extent does it represent a break from the post-Reaganite consensus as we’ve known it? The question, it turns out, is not exactly an easy one to answer; the conference offered a complicated mixture of continuity and change, even from its immediate predecessor in 2019.
As longtime observers of American conservatism, Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell — cohosts of the Know Your Enemy podcast — were following events in Orlando closely. Earlier this month, they sat down with Jacobin’s Luke Savage for a broad-ranging discussion of the National Conservative Conference (NatCon), the so-called national conservatives, and where the Right may be headed in the coming years.