Alla destra dei repubblicani: La National Review e il pensiero conservatore americano

Author/s Giovanni Borgognone
Publishing Year 2003 Issue 2003/1
Language Italian Pages 21 P. File size 83 KB
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Founded in 1955, William F. Buckley’s National Review became the most important cold war American conservative periodical. Conservatism was interpreted by its contributors in many different ways. Several former radicals (James Burnham, Max Eastman, Will Herberg, etc.), keeping their old conceptual tools, came to a radical anticommunism. Among the other new conservatives, then, Russell Kirk was the one who most rehabilitated tradition, faith and values, in opposition to the cultural and moral debasement of American liberalism. Willmoore Kendall invoked the defense of public orthodoxy (the uses and customs of the country and its historical identity), refusing both the imposition of transcendent ideals and the notion of open society. Frank Meyer purposed to build a new conservatism by the conciliation of liberty and tradition, reason and virtue. Nevertheless, he thought that an objective foundation of morals, such as Christian faith guaranteed, was an essential presupposition of anticommunism. To libertarian conservatives that was just unacceptable.

Giovanni Borgognone, Alla destra dei repubblicani: La National Review e il pensiero conservatore americano in "TEORIA POLITICA" 1/2003, pp , DOI: