I hope this is right:
[C]onservatism as we know it is doomed … the virulent opposition to the welfare state we see here is almost completely unique among major conservative parties across the world. In no other advanced country do leading figures of governing parties propose the denial of medical care to their citizens or take their ideological inspiration from crackpots like Ayn Rand. Americaâ€™s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable (as I recently argued) from the legacy of slavery. Whatever form Americaâ€™s polyglot majority ultimately takes, it is hard to see the basis for its attraction to an ideology sociologically rooted in white supremacy.
[Full Chait essay here.]