Economic right has some heavy weights but social right is sort of a wasteland.

Economic right has some heavy weights but social right is sort of a wasteland.

The social right is a wasteland. Forget “sort of”.

I was a contrarian when I invested and sort of globalist minded then, so I dunno. I’ve heard Adam Smith and Milton Friedman, but I couldn’t get into them.


The LAST intellectual from the right that I read was this and he was complaining about pseudo-conservatism taking over. This was back in 2004 and it could’ve been written today.


What can be difficult is finding non-reactionary right intellectuals.

Reactionary is easy to find, and once the blame game starts, their perceived intelligence goes down quickly.

If you look around the Buckley / National Review conservativism range, there’s lots.

You can also find a lot around the Ayn Rand range, although they’re more like motivational speeches than anything.

But Conservatism isn’t necessarily Right and visa-versa.

One reason for the seeming wasteland is the diversity among the right in opinions that leave the Overton Window

Despite heavy efforts from the right to modify the Overton Window over the past decade, it’s been limited in success.

q: “Does the right have intellectuals?”
a1: triggered
a2: list and leave
a3: “What kinds of intellectuals are you focusing on?”
a4: insert alt response


This is a problem in India too, but the author found one:

Perhaps the only serious intellectual in India who is also socially conservative is Arun Shourie. Unlike Sudershan Rao or Dina Nath Batra, or indeed the right-wing columnists referred to above, Shourie has published a number of books based on original research. These expand on distinctively conservative themes, such as the importance of national unity and solidarity, the dangers of excessive cultural heterogeneity, and the threat to India from external enemies—namely China and Pakistan. Shourie has been a BJP member of parliament, and a minister in a BJP-controlled government. Originally trained as an economist, unlike India’s other free-market thinkers he wears his conservative political and social orientation on his sleeve.”


Same. I remember Rush Limbaugh on the radio in the early 1990s. What I see today is an expansion of that.

Fiscal conservatism has a respectable intelligentsia historically but social conservatism is a sad realm indeed.



Rogoff was my favorite contrarian back in my investment times. We chatted a few times then over e-mail — no idea until last year that he was a biggie.
He’s scarcely wrong and predicted a long stagnation for the US and Europe a few years back of minimal growth while growth is expected in developing countries.
I’m not a reader of his since the late 90s/early 00s (he was a columnist for CBS Marketwatch at the time) but when I caught up last year on his stuff, everything he said just about matched up perfectly to reality, mostly because he thinks in centuries long spans of time.
HEY! … duh, how could I forget? If you’re willing to put your Ushanka you’ve got Dugin on the right.
[but fair warning: he’s quite the tale spinning geopolitical prophet and if you’re not careful, you might find yourself nodding in agreement without realizing what’s happening] :
 Dugin’s major kool-aid powder and easy to believe. Some taken in by his charms are Putin of course and that guy with the bad skin with Brietbart…. and I found myself nodding my head in trance like agreement before realising I was drinking it up unquestiningly, even though I’m pretty left and liberal and all the things right wing folks love to despise]… so watch for his cult-y crafiness. But right wing intellectual? Def fits the bill.

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