And other incidents in which free-thinkers on the right were fired, punished, ostracized and uninvited after moments of dissent. Bruce Bartlett has the names. My own ostracism was enforced from 2002 onwards as I criticized spending. Mercifully, I don't live or work in the professional conservative think-tank/magazine world. But I am airbrushed from any account of the right, literally barred from linkage by NRO and never responded to. The Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard didn't even review The Conservative Soul, if only to trash it.

Dissenters are dead to movement conservatives. But I quite enjoy my life as an Oakeshottian zombie. Beats working for Heritage.

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