from Kevin Williamson at National Review An Enemies List Is Not a Philosophy :

The “moral equivalent of war” mentality is useful when it comes to organizing and funding large projects that are truly national: the Apollo project, rural electrification, the canals and other infrastructure programs that Lincoln described as “improvements.” That has always been the attraction of classical progressivism: the idea that government can step in, take charge, and execute large and complex programs to improve our common life in ways that the market and private actors can’t or won’t. Understanding why that rarely works out as intended is conservatism. It isn’t only economists who must “demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”