I say, good man, that was certainly not too esoteric for the befuddled masses!

Monday, November 12th, 2007 @ 12:35 am | Journamalism

Peter Beinart hands cartoonish rightwingers a welfare check:

His portrait of the rising conservative movement is a little cartoonish. There’s no question that corporate money and racial division played powerful roles, but to describe the early years of William F. Buckley’s National Review only by mentioning its support for segregation and admiration for Franco, with no mention of fusionism, isn’t worthy of someone of Mr. Krugman’s intellectual sophistication.

Yes, yes, he didn’t mention fusionism. How unsophisticated. Everybody’s got fusionism on their lips at the cocktail parties nowadays.

Looking up “fusionism” on Wikipedia produces this:

Fusionism is an American political term for the combination or “fusion” of libertarians and traditional conservatives in the American conservative movement.

Certainly relevant. But what could possibly lead one to believe Krugman doesn’t remember that there was an alliance between libertarians and anti-libertarian conservatives?

-jb

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