This weekend’s most talked about essay: Mark Lilla on the Tea Party phenomenon, and American politics generally. I respond to it here, defending the notion of a more libertarian GOP against Mr. Lilla and the Grand New Party project of Reihan Salam and Ross Douthat, sympathetic as I am to its concerns and some of its proposed policy solutions. It’s been awhile since I read the whole book, so I hope I’ve been fair to its arguments — and I’m eager to see what commenters here think about the whole post. As I noted over at True/Slant, the core policy challenges that Grand New Party so astutely identified are the same ones central to the projects of David Frum and Jim Manzi, though all are working from different angles and reaching different if sometimes compatible conclusions.
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