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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Has Claire Lehmann finally dropped the centrist mask?

Looks like Claire Lehmann is going to be at the National Conservatism Conference with right-wingers like John Bolton, Tucker Carlson and Peter Thiel, of whom we were speaking just the other day, since he is Eric Weinstein's boss.

According to their about page:

The conference on “National Conservatism” will bring together public figures, journalists, scholars, and students who understand that the past and future of conservatism are inextricably tied to the idea of the nation, to the principle of national independence, and to the revival of the unique national traditions that alone have the power to bind a people together and bring about their flourishing. 
We see this public conference as the kick off for a protracted effort to recover and reconsolidate the rich tradition of national conservative thought as an intellectually serious alternative to the excesses of purist libertarianism, and in stark opposition to political theories grounded in race. Our aim is to solidify and energize national conservatives, offering them a much-needed institutional base, substantial ideas in the areas of public policy, political theory, and economics, and an extensive support network across the country. 
The Edmund Burke Foundation is a new public affairs institute dedicated to developing a revitalized conservatism for the age of nationalism already upon us.
The National Conservatism Conference will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC.
Lehmann might have trouble with the goal of opposing political theories grounded in race though.

Meanwhile, the Koch-funded Independent Women's Forum has declared Quillette to be a conservative publication:
While Bartlett presents Quillette as a conservative niche publication (and quite rightly)
My guess is that Lehmann agreed to admit she and Quillette are rightwing after being prompted by the Kochs, whom I am convinced, more than ever, help fund Quillette. Because, per this IWF article, they think Quillette is hip - or rather "People Are Talking about Quillette, a High-Brow Publication for Academics. No, Really--It's Hot"

This is something the Right wants very much - a "high-brow publication for academics" that is conservative and "hot."

They really live inside their own bubble.

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