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In America, there are two main kinds of conservatives: "old fashioned" or "true" conservatives like Pat Buchanan, who may have bizarre ideas on some issues but are firmly placed within the European tradition. Then you have the "Christian" conservatives, who are not really conservatives at all, because they wish to radically transform the US, turning it into a Christian fundamentalist theocracy.

Nothing to do with the difference between the two - that's about foreign policy. Buchanan is the very incarnation of the extreme Christian right on the culture war front. And while Pat Buchanan is certainly placed within a European tradition, it's not one of the better ones, given his love for Franco and somewhat more qualified appreciation for Mussolini. These are traditions I wish the Europeans would keep to themselves - his tradition is that of interwar right wing populist, authoritarian and semi-fascist fundy Catholicism. Frankly, I'd vote for the neocons over Pat any day -  he wouldn't be as bad for the rest of the world, but he'd be much worse here at home i.e. where I live.

by MarekNYC on Mon Jan 22nd, 2007 at 03:11:00 PM EST
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