There’s been a debate raging on the Right between David French and Sohrab Ahmari that is ostensibly about civility in the political arena. What it’s really about is a struggle for who will dominate conservatism: the plucky culture warriors of the populist, Trumpian Right, or the hand-wringing sellouts of Conservatism, Inc.
That’s a story for another SubscribeStar Saturday, but is relevant to this topic. Ahmari and other First Things writers signed their names to a manifesto in March detailing their resistance to and struggle against the prevailing liberal-progressive orthodoxy. In his controversial follow-up piece, “Against David French-ism,” Ahmari soundly rejects hyper-individualism (and the kind of weak-willed ineffectualism of libertarian solutions to political and social problems) and vaguely calls for a state more attuned to Christian principles.
Critics are accusing him of advocating for a Catholic theocracy, which is, of course, completely unworkable in the pluralistic United States. But I don’t think that’s precisely what Ahmari has in mind (although it’s a bit unclear). He is correct that the United States was founded to be an implicitly Christian country.
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