So what is Vermeule’s game? He’s not leading a serious challenge to originalism, let alone the broader left-liberal legal consensus. But neither is he only a Twitter gadfly like some of his fellow integralists. He is a clever man capable of intellectual depth and subtlety, particularly as a critic of mainstream theories and ideologies.
Perhaps his role is not so much a revolutionary as a jester permitted to persist in a usurper’s court, reminding the left-liberal powers-that-be of their crimes, and demonstrating to the conservative loyal opposition the limits they have accepted.
It sounds horrible. A tyranny of conservatives is every bit as loathsome as a tyranny of lefties.
I'm not a conservative. I have absolutely no need for a religion, indeed no need for any ideology. I am resigned to people telling me what to think, and I put up with it while hoping they'll put up with me not taking a blind bit of notice of the daft buggers.
That said, the conservatives I meet are far more tolerant of diversity of opinion than the lefties, so we get on ok. The conservatives and me, that is. The lefties uniformly hate me within five minutes talking. And they creep me out in the same timespan.
Jupes is probably right and it's shit-stirring, a legitimate form of entertainment. But there have been conservative authoritarian orthodoxies in the past. Divine right of kings, anyone?