Hilzoy piles on:

...it's worth asking whether this is a remotely plausible description even of ideal conservatism. Conservatism has not had much to do with the patient preservation of anything for several decades. Writing as though it has -- as though such acts of monumental hubris as the Iraq war never happened -- is like writing about Catholicism as though its record stopped with the early church fathers, and did not include the Inquisition.

I responded to John Cole's dissent here.

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