The publication of John Lukacs’ new book, “Democracy and Populism”, brings to mind the question of how traditionalist conservatives should view (1) populism and (2) nationalism, topics Lukacs has addressed with some frequency in his writing.
From the perspective of Turnabout, in the realm of politics, is there anything wrong or ill-advised about using populist appeals for traditionalist purposes? In the past, Lukacs has been highly critical of, for example, Buchanan and his projects.
Lukacs distinguishes sharply between patriotism and nationalism, favoring the former and not the latter. As I understand Mr. Kalb’s view, government is to be kept at a minimum, and organized as locally as possible. Is there room for nationalism in our set of ideas? I would call De Gaulle a French nationalist. Would Turnabout object to his apparent understanding of nation and state?