The Long-Run Economic Trend Is Our Friend: No Longer so Fresh at Project Syndicate

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Samuel Goldman is one of America’s most thoughtful conservatives...

Recently, Goldman has come to an uncomfortable conclusion: The conservative movement has failed. Its traditional package of ideas — free market economics, social conservatism, and an interventionist foreign policy — has long dominated the Republican Party but has clearly failed to win over enough actual voters.... “The great message of Trump is that there really are not that many movement conservatives,” Goldman told me during a sit-down near his office. “Since conservative politicians and policies have stopped delivering peace and prosperity, I think it’s more or less inevitable that voters have become dissatisfied.” Moreover, he argued, the GOP and conservative movement has embraced a vision of America — Sarah Palin’s “Real America,” more or less — that can’t appeal to anybody but white Christians.... “If you project yourself as a white Christian provincial party, you're not going to get very many votes among people who are none of those things,” Goldman says. “That's what's happened over the last 10 or 15 years.” The obvious question then becomes — what next? If movement conservatism is doomed, then is... white identity politics... [the] future? Goldman and I talked at length about how the dividing line between liberals and conservatives today appears to be less about economics and more about identity. What follows is a transcript... edited for length and clarity.

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