The intellectual debates on the political right are as heated as they’ve ever been in the history of American conservatism. Different views of the purpose of government, the role of the market economy, strategic deployments of the American military abroad, and immigration are all contested within the larger conservative movement. What did the Trump administration reveal about the state of conservatism in the United States? What are the animating policy goals of political conservatism, and how do they relate to the electoral politics of the Republican party? The prolific author and historian Victor Davis Hanson joins the American Enterprise Institute scholar Matthew Continetti to discuss the future of domestic policy, foreign policy, and the politics of the American right.
Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a Professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, where he teaches courses in military history and classical culture. Among many other awards, he has been the recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2007, and the Bradley Prize in 2008, as well as the Edmund Burke Award in 2018. Hanson is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited twenty-four books, including, most recently, The Case for Trump.
Matthew Continetti is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a contributing editor at National Review and a columnist for Commentary magazine. He was the founding editor and the editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon and is the author of books on the Republican Revolution and on Sarah Palin. His articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Continetti teaches a course on the conservative intellectual movement for the Hertog Political Studies Program and is a regular panelist on "Meet the Press," "Meet the Press Daily," and "Special Report with Bret Baier."