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The Rise of Common-Sense Conservatism: The American Right and the Reinvention of the Scottish Enlightenment

Antti Lepistö

Abstract

Since the 1980s and 1990s, a major theme of conservative political discourse has been that the “common man” knows better than out-of-touch liberal elites. This book shows how conservative intellectuals—more particularly, neoconservatives such as Irving Kristol, James Q. Wilson, Gertrude Himmelfarb, and Francis Fukuyama—ironically laid the foundation for a defining force in modern conservative politics: the common man’s “common sense.” Traditionally, many conservative intellectuals, including the neoconservatives, had been extremely nervous about popular rule, demagogy, and the dangers of a mob ... More

Keywords: conservatism, neoconservatism, the Scottish Enlightenment, culture wars, populism, common sense, Irving Kristol, James Q. Wilson, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Francis Fukuyama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226774046
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226774183.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antti Lepistö, author
University of Oulu