Patrick Allitt


On his book The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History

Cover Interview of February 25, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Conservatives believe that civilization is complex, precious, delicate, vulnerable.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The American Civil War was a conflict between two types of conservatism: that of the slave South that wanted to preserve its threatened labor system, and that of the Republican North that wanted to preserve the Union.”

On the second:

“Reviewers and interviewers have all asked me what I make of the current situation, whether Sarah Palin is the future of the GOP, and what will happen next.  My answer is: the more you study history, the more you realize how hopeless it is to try to predict the future.”