The National Conservatives Are Winning the Right’s Battle of Ideas

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.


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