Krugman on Conservative Intellectualism

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By Ben Cohen

Krugman goes for the jugular:

Anyone who actually listened to what Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey


were saying in 1994, let alone what passed for thought in the Bush


administration, should have realized long ago that if there ever was an


intellectual basis for modern conservatism, it was long gone.


And the truth is that the Reaganauts were a pretty grotesque bunch


too. Look for the golden age of conservative intellectualism in


America, and you keep going back, and back, and back — and eventually


you run up against William Buckley in the 1950s declaring that blacks


weren’t advanced enough to vote, and that Franco was the savior of


Spanish civilization.