Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

Libertarian Hunter DeRensis Critiques the National Conservatism Conference

August 13, 2019

On this edition of Parallax Views, libertarian Hunter DeRensis, foreign policy reporter for The National Interest, joins us to discuss last month's National Conservatism Conference that set out to define the path of America's conservative movement in the age of Trump. DeRensis and I are no doubt divided on most political issues given that I'm openly to the left whereas he positions himself on the libertarian right. However, both DeRensis and I stand in opposition the war-hawk foreign policy mentality that was on prominent display, despite Trumpism's alleged affinity for non-interventionism, at the National Conservatism conference.

DeRensis and I talk about the hawkish figures at the conference such as Cliff May, Rebeccah Heinrichs, and Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton among others. This also leads to some discussion of neoconservatism and its history, the ideological differences between neocons and those who spoke at the National Conservatism conference, Saudi Arabia, US-Russia relations, the geopolitical situation with China, war-hawks against Iran, and Hunter's recent article on concerns of nuclear catastrophe that some expert believe are more of a threat now than during the Cold War.

Links:

“Dangerous Foreign Policy at the National Conservatism Conference” by Hunter DeRensis (The Libertarian Institute)

"Will Nationalism Become the New Credo of the GOP?" by Hunter DeRensis (The National Interest)

"The Danger of A Nuclear Catastrophe Is Greater Than During the Cold War" by Hunter DeRensis (The National Interest)