Found a link lurking in the corner to this very smart essay by Ramesh Ponnuru on so-called “fusionism” (basically conservatism-as-libertarianism). This is not the best analytic point in the article, but it’s certainly the funniest:
The influence of fusionism has not been wholly positive. Meyer contributed to an unfortunate tendency among conservatives toward theoretical maximalism, as in his casual reference to “the totalitarian implications of the federal school lunch program.”
Reminiscent of David Frum’s insistence that aid to handicapped schoolchildren was a leading cause of moral decline. Oh well. You sometimes catch liberals arguing that federal funding of Catholic schools is the leading edge of total social disintegration even though it’s been done for decades in Canada without ill effect. We all have our moments.