William R.

Issue: Fall 1991

William R. Hawkins, in "Isolationism, Properly Understood," (Summer 1991) seems convinced that the current "consensus" among conservatives favoring a vigorous American presence around the globe is the sole heir to America's conservative legacy.  Pat Buchanan, Joseph Sobran, et. al., have therefore become political apostates on the right.  While Hawkins' essay is certainly provocative, it misrepresents the history of modern American conservatism and its natural ties to both a policy of non-intervention in foreign affairs and the classical liberal philosophical tradition.

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