Conservatism Inc. is a compilation of first-rate journalistic pieces written in the heat of the moment by James Kirkpatrick, during one of the most intense periods of contemporary American politics — the events surrounding the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. But Conservatism Inc. is also a concerted critique of an entire political class from the ground up, with special regard for the failings and cowardice of contemporary American conservatism. With all the uncompromising and fearless wit of a latter-day H. L. Mencken, Kirkpatrick cuts to the bone of contemporary events, exposing the essential and enduring questions lying beneath transient events. This book thus serves as a timely reminder of one of the watershed democratic moments of recent American history, a stinging survey of the sorry American political scene, and an admonitory revelation of what is fundamentally at stake in our current politics.
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