Progressive Conservatism?

Progressive Conservatism?

Frank H. Buckley
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July 24, 2022
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Progressive conservatism sounds like an oxymoron – a bit like an exact estimate, jumbo shrimp, or a dull roar. Frank H. Buckley, however, argues that progressive conservatism is not only a meaningful political label but that it has a rich history in America. A former speechwriter for President Trump, Buckley believes that Trump voters will still determine the future of the Republican Party, even though Trump has disgraced himself.

Voter surveys show a dominant centrism on the right that Buckley believes lends itself to progressivism – properly defined.

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The party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan has always been progressive, he says.

Frank has been a law professor at George Mason University since 1989 and is a keen observer of American politics. Although Canadian by birth, he is as American and patriotic in the genuine sense of the word as anyone.

He has also written in recent memory, American SecessionThe Republican Workers PartyThe Republic of Virtue, and The Once and Future King – all of which you can find in my show archives at

In this episode, we summarize many of the themes from his previous books in a one-hour conversation about the future of American Politics.

We will see whether the two seemingly contradictory philosophies of progressivism and conservatism can, in fact, co-exist, and Frank will argue – using many examples – that this blend of labels is what characterizes the very best of the Republican Party, past, present, and future.