Rod Dreher » Ignoring Ron Paul.

The heart and soul of Conservatism is libertarianism.

As a matter of theory, and as a matter of historical fact, that is not true. Modern conservatism is “fusionism,” a practical compromise between libertarianism and (more or less) traditionalism. Pure libertarians and pure traditionalists are always ticked off at the GOP for not being “conservative” enough, by which they mean libertarian enough, or traditionalist enough, depending on their point of view. The one thing both sides dislike, or say they dislike, is statism. But even then it’s a selective dislike.