Themes: The translation of a conservative intellectual tradition into a movement; the idea of conservative fusionism; the attempts to reconcile libertarian and conservative thought, and persistent tensions; the central role of William F. Buckley in shaping conservative identity; the shared suspicion of statism/centralization in sustaining the conservative movement.
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