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Wednesday, April 27, 2005 

The Founder of the Modern Conservative Movement is...

Lewis Powell?!?

It's being discussed on Volokh and American Prospect . The former Supreme Court Justice discusses the attack on American capitalism and business by colleges, the media, and intellectual elites circa 1971.

I think Mark Schmitt at AP is right to say that this doesn't add up. Powell was not talking about anything revolutionary at the time. He was just trying to get the establishment to defend themselves from attack. The modern movement came from many people at many times with varying degrees of success. Still, Powell's memo is an interesting read and relevant three decades later.

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