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.