“Republicanism for Republicans”…Does National Affairs Brink Lindsey Read The American Minervan?

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THIS IS A PRO-REPUBLICAN BLOG WRITTEN BY A REPUBLICAN, NOT A GOP CONSERVATIVE, FASCIST, OR NEO-REACTIONARY. MINVRA IS A PROTECTOR OF THE REPUBLIC AND DEMOCRACY, ITS PATRON AND PHILOSOPHER.—MOCKING THE MAD MONARCHIST.

I just discovered this article, Republicanism for Republicans from National Affairs Winter 2019…so it has been written very recently. National Affairs has a nice line-up of articles. Does Brink Lindsey read MINVRA? No, I certainly doubt that {laughter}. But this is good. It shows there are others who understand the cause for the renewal of the republic, and of REPUBLICANISM? I mention a family of writers in western political thought in The Loose Tradition of Republican Writers.

Brink Lindsey writes:

“To build a new, post-Trump right, we need a new political language in which to express ourselves. Where will we find this new vocabulary, which might reach beyond the term “conservatism” as an organizing principle? The answer is right under our noses, hiding in plain sight. The project of intellectual and moral renewal on the right is best founded on the principles of republicanism. The challenge is to develop and articulate the principles and program of the republican wing of the Republican Party.

Republicanism, in the most basic sense of the word, simply means support for a republican form of government. This alone, these days, can suffice to position you clearly on controversies of the utmost importance. Beyond that, in intellectual history the term refers to a political tradition in early-modern Europe and North America, stretching from Machiavelli to Madison and Jefferson via Milton, Harrington, Sidney, and Montesquieu.”

“The Republican Party, meanwhile, has long been a party of ideology, created in the 1850s with a much more specific guiding principle in mind: stopping the expansion of slavery.Ever since, that difference—one party, a pragmatic alliance; the other, an ideological one—has meant that the Republican Party is more prone to ideological fights blowing up into potential existential crises. (…) In contrast to the Republicans, the Democrats’ founding purpose was always more about process than a specific ideological end. And like the Republicans, the Democrats have also experienced periods of purposeless wandering, long-term minority status and internal division. Indeed, the history of the Democratic Party has been, to some degree, a series of efforts to infuse the organization with an ideological identity while holding a diffuse coalition together.”

JULIA AZARI, WHY HASN’T THE REPUBLICAN PARTY COLLAPSED.

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