GOP ’23: What a longtime Michigan conservative writer thinks of the GOP

“Populism and conservativism are, in my mind, incompatible,” says columnist Nolan Finley.

Nolan Finley smiles in front of the WDET logo

Nolan Finley in WDET's studios, Dec. 2, 2016.

,

On Detroit Today, we’ve been exploring what conservatism is and what policies Republicans want to enact. This has been part of our “GOP ’23: Where the Party At?” series.

We’ve heard from Michigan Republicans, a conservative who believes the philosophy’s ideals are in tension with the modern Republican Party, and what libertarians make of their connection to the contemporary Republican Party.

In this episode, we sat down with conservative columnist Nolan Finley to understand what he makes of the Republican Party and discuss whether conservative ideals still drive its focus.

“True conservatives stand for free people, free minds, free markets. You saw a lot of encroachment on those ideals over the last five or six years by people who call themselves Republicans.” — Nolan Finley, columnist


Listen: The perspective of a longtime Michigan conservative writer.

 


Guest

Nolan Finley is an editorial page editor of The Detroit News. He says Donald Trump and populists that support him are not political conservatives, and don’t follow the principles of conservatism.

“True conservatives stand for free people, free minds, free markets. You saw a lot of encroachment on those ideals over the last five or six years by people who call themselves Republicans,” says Finley.

Trusted, accurate, up-to-date.

WDET strives to make our journalism accessible to everyone. As a public media institution, we maintain our journalistic integrity through independent support from readers like you. If you value WDET as your source of news, music and conversation, please make a gift today.

Donate today »

Authors

  • Detroit Today

    Dynamic and diverse voices. News, politics, community and the issues that define our region. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson, Detroit Today brings you fresh and perceptive views weekdays at 9 am and 7 pm.

  • Sam Corey

    Sam Corey is a producer for Detroit Today on 101.9 WDET, which includes finding and preparing interesting stories for radio. He enjoys salsa dancing — and actual salsa.