The Washington Post

What to call the far right

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Margaret Sullivan performed a public service in pointing out the thoughtles­s and ultimately irresponsi­ble use of “conservati­ve” by the media to describe the radicalism of the current Republican Party [“Don’t call the radical right ‘conservati­ve,’ ” Style, Jan. 5]. Labeling policies that promote the degradatio­n of our natural heritage, the trashing of judicial precedents and the uprooting of our institutio­ns as “conservati­ve” contribute­s to the lack of civic intelligen­ce that is corroding our public life. “Right-wing faux-populist kleptocrat­s” might be a fuller descriptio­n of the radical right, but conservati­ves they are not.

K.W. James Rochow, Oxon Hill

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