At Dean’s World Ronald Coleman has posted an extremely flattering and thoughtful reading of my New Criterion essay on Dinesh D’Souza’s new book. Coleman views my essay as opening a breach on the right. However, I am not aware of any conservative who has risen to the defense of D’Souza’s book. Conservative critiques of the book include those by Roger Kimball (in National Review), Victor Davis Hanson, Dean Barnett, Robert Spencer and Peter Berkowitz. But Coleman’s post has me thinking about the underlying issues at work.
PAUL agrees: It does modern conservatives a great disservice to argue, as Coleman does, that the thinking in Dinesh’s book represents that of an appreciable number of present-day conservatives, such that it needs to be confronted in the way that William F. Buckley confronted anti-semites and other “cranks” who made up a portion of the right during the 1950s. As Scott notes, no conservative reviewer appears to have endorsed Dinesh’s thesis, and I have never heard it uttered by any other conservative except one.
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