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Ross Douthat’s Conservative Vision

The world according to conservative New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat.

Columnist and author Ross Douthat. (Josh Haner/The New York Times)

Columnist and author Ross Douthat. (Josh Haner/The New York Times)

Electric tension again last week among Congressional Republicans over how to set their sails.  Tension over the debt ceiling raise.  Over stifled immigration reform.  Over the House leadership of Speaker John Boehner and Tea Party politics.  Behind all that, says my guest today, conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, there is a new conservatism struggling to be born.  A “reform conservatism.”  Think Mike Lee, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio. And new thinking on foreign policy, drugs, taxes, poverty.  This hour On Point:  thinker, conservative Ross Douthat on a new “reform conservatism.”

– Tom Ashbrook

Guest

Ross Douthat, colmunist for the New York Times. Author of “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics” and
Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” and co-author of ”  “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.” Film critic for The National Review(@DouthatNYT)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: Leaving Work Behind — “When economists look ahead to the possibilities awaiting our grandchildren, they often see this divide widening even further, as the digital economy delivers rich rewards to certain kinds of highly educated talent, while revolutions in robotics eliminate many of today’s low-skilled, low-wage jobs.”

The New Republic: Ross Douthat Is On Another Erroneous Rampage Against Secularism — “Utilitarianism may not be a perfect ethical system, but what, pray tell, is Douthat’s? If it’s Biblical, does he give away all his possessions and abandon his family to follow Jesus, as the Bible commands? Does he think that those who gather sticks on the Sabbath, curse their parents, or commit adultery should be killed? If not, why not?”

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