As the 2020 elections approach, Republican thinkers have been trying to come to grips with three problems:
How to square traditional Republicanism with Donald Trump's presidency,
How to account for the Progressive takeover of the country's educational and cultural institutions, and
What to do about the decline of the family and local community.
Many regard the debate as having intensified after Fox News host Tucker Carlson's post-New Year's diatribe against Mitt Romney, finance capital, and the decline of the American family. In March, a more sweeping attack, "Against the Dead Consensus," appeared in the High Church publication, First Things, targeting traditional conservatives.