Jonah Goldberg: Conspiracy theories have no place in serious conservatism

You aren’t a conservative if you believe in conspiracy theories. Before I defend this statement, I should say that as a general rule, I do not like statements that begin, “You aren’t a conservative if …” It’s not that I always disagree with such assertions. For instance, “You’re not a conservative if you think the state should seize the means of production and usher in a new age of socialist economics” strikes me as not just defensible but self-evidently true — at least if you define “conservative” in the traditional Anglo-American sense. (The most committed Communists in the Soviet Politbur…

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