Conservative Authors

I’m now ready to look at some books from the really scary conservatives. Obviously, JD Vance, Rod Dreher, Shelby Steele, and Tucker Carlson aren’t very scary by any measure.

So who’s considered the real evildoer, totally beyond the pale? Glenn Beck? Who else? I need names.

P.S. Milo Yiannopolous is out because I looked at the first few pages of his book and the writing is simply atrocious. I can’t read somebody who has no grammar or vocabulary to speak of.

34 thoughts on “Conservative Authors”

  1. Rush Limbaugh, Stefan Molyneux on YouTube (since 2016, he was not conservative before), Dinesh D’Souza, Alex Jones’ Infowars (since 2016, he was not so bad before) , Sean Hannity, Pat Robertson, Newt Gingrich…


    1. Ann Coulter, Dennis Prager, Jeanine Pirro, Gregg Jarrett (who believes that Russia didn’t even try to help Trump in 2016) , Ted Nugent….

      In the less scary category: Greg Lukianoff (a good critique of PC dogma), Roger Scruton, Patrick Deneen…


      1. No, not Jeanine Pirro. I can’t stand her. I already read Coulter. Her book on the French revolution is very interesting.

        I also read Patrick Deneen. He’s brilliant.


      1. Probably because he thinks that the working class can’t simply be transformed into the middle class by sending them all to college.


      2. Murray’s arguments about class never get any attention because they’re entirely upstaged by the IQ stuff (that’s mostly Murray’s own fault, to be fair). One of the only reviews of The Bell Curve to pay serious attention to it was, oddly enough, written by self-described radical feminist Ellen Willis.

        I don’t know where Jordan Peterson fits in with your inquiry. I don’t believe that he describes himself as a conservative, but I can’t think of anyone who’s mere name can drive progressives into frothing incoherent hate frenzies faster or more reliably.


        1. I didn’t like his book because the writing style is too wordy and pompous for me. But the recent interview I linked is very good and useful. I will never be able to figure out why he gets such an intense reaction from progressives. I see many things one can disagree with (and more one can agree with) but I don’t get why people are so emotional about him.


          1. I will never be able to figure out why he gets such an intense reaction from progressives.

            I know. From what little I’ve read, his writing seems to pretty standard self-help literature stuff. His current celebrity is entirely the creation of “woke” journalists, who became completely obsessed with him for some reason.

            It’s hard not to appreciate such a thoroughly own goal.


  2. Theodore Dalrymple, especially “In Praise of Prejudice”. Then you can show it to progressives and innocently ask why they literally reject the book by its cover…

    Plenty of the essays by the good doctor are also available online.


    1. I read Theodore Dalrymple’s columns for a while. Started reading “In Praise of Prejudice” since one can read the beginning on Amazon and liked his 2nd part “The Uses of Metaphysical Skepticism”.


  3. If you want read a pseudo-conservative “intellectual” who has written prolifically for years and repeatedly has wild emotional swings that should be documented in a psychiatric textbook and not a political column, read Andrew Sullivan.

    (And will you PLEASE fix WordPress, so I can stop having emotional swings?? It’s extremely annoying not knowing whether one of my comments will appear on your website in a timely manner, or two days after I type it, when nobody is reading that particular post anymore.)


    1. “confiscation without compensation” goes all the way back to the 1930s as South African Communist Party (SACP) ideology. The SACP forms part of South Africa’s ruling coalition.

      The Comintern’s 7th Congress, held in 1935, called on communists to work with all anti-fascist forces. The slogan of an “independent Native republic” was scrapped, and the ECCI appointed a commission to look into the CPSA’s affairs. The commission worked for more than two years and collected thousands of documents. Its recommendations, however, were even further removed from South African reality, including the “confiscation without compensation” of the land of large farmers and the provision of full employment and “social insurance” for the whole population. On a more practical note, squabbling about theory was to stop and the party was to concentrate on trade union work.

      The commission was the Comintern’s swan song in South Africa. By the late 1930s, the majority of the Comintern’s leaders, including everybody who dealt with the CPSA, had perished in Stalin’s Gulag. At least six South African communists (L. Bach, M. Richter, P. Richter, J. Glazer, S.B. Davidov, and S.G. Davidov) died there too.


  4. Finished reading “In Praise of Prejudice” and didn’t like it. Some of his columns are deeper than this book. He used the word “prejudice” in the meaning of “moral and etc judgements and standards.” If you want, I can share the book.


  5. Just found this Turkish political columnist of 29 years forced to leave Turkey because of criticizing Erdogan. Have never heard such entertaining conspiracy theory 🙂

    // Pro-Palestinians Muslims have refused to drop their decades-long conspiracy theory that Pepsi Cola is essentially the code name for a Zionist plot – “Pay Every Pence to Save Israel.”

    This columnist first heard of the theory when he was a teenager in early 1980s. “Don’t buy Pepsi Cola. Buy Coca Cola,” warned the always pious grocery store owner in the neighbourhood, then explaining why I should not buy Pepsi Cola. “It’s a sin. Good Muslims never drink Pepsi Cola.” I asked him: “So why do you sell Pepsi Cola?”


  6. “In Praise of Prejudice” disappointed, but the following book looks promising:

    Theodore Dalrymple – The New Vichy Syndrome_ Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism-Encounter Books (2011)

    Also wanted to read this book but could not find:

    // The cultural death of God has created a conundrum for intellectuals. How could a life stripped of ultimate meaning be anything but absurd? How was man to live? How could he find direction in a world of no direction? What would he tell his children that could make their lives worthwhile? What is the ground of morality?

    Existentialism is the literary cri de coeur resulting from the realization that without God, everything good, true and beautiful in human life is destined to be destroyed in a pitiless material cosmos. Theodore Dalrymple and Kenneth Francis examine the main existentialist works, from Ecclesiastes to the Theatre of the Absurd, each man coming from a different perspective. Francis is a believer, Dalrymple is not, but both empathize with the struggle to find meaning in a seemingly meaningless universe.

    Part literary criticism, part philosophical exploration, this book holds many surprising gems of insight from two of the most interesting minds of our time.


  7. \ Also wanted to read this book but could not find:

    I referred to:

    The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd Kindle Edition
    by Theodore Dalrymple (Author), Kenneth Francis (Author)

    The column “South Africa Steers Towards Ruin” is by him too. He often writes banal things and stuff I think is shallow, but in pop literature genre he is good, and after looking through it, I decided to read “The New Vichy Syndrome” to learn more about European history among other things. The place fascinates me as an alternative both to Arab failure and to Israeli old-kind nationalism.


          1. \Oh, I got it. You aren’t Russian after all, if you prepare so much in advance. :-)))

            Unfortunately, I am Russian all right. I asked for last-minute 2-months extension since my prof told what I prepared was unsuitable and that I had to change my topic. 😦

            The good news is that the extension will let me write final exam paper during Pesah break. When I teach, I do not have neither time nor energy for 12-page paper in 10 days .


            1. Hey, welcome to my life. I had to scrap my whole dissertation and write a new one in record time because my thesis director hated everything I had written. It turned out she was right in the end so it’s all good.


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