The Right’s Side of History
A review of "The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism" by Matthew Continetti
Basic Books, 496, 2022
Studying conservatism’s past, declares Matthew Continetti in the introduction to his new history of the conservative movement, The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism, is enough to convince one “that it has a future.” After reading the rest of it, I’m inclined to agree. Yet having done so, I can’t help but wonder if the reason it does is because conservatism’s future has so often been a matter of reliving its past.