What does conservative mean? I see a continuing range of traditionalist writing on politics. By that I mean efforts to define ways by which the US can be salvaged with a restoration of something like the republic forms that worked for two hundred years. I certainly don’t agree with that but it is, to me at least, a conservative position. There is a good amount of religious and spiritual writing much of it interesting. Again, I’m very actively opposed to any traditional religions, at least those based on Middle Eastern mythology, but I enjoy reading and discussing those positions. That all happens very actively here.

If you are referring to racism, misogyny, and bigotry masquerading as legitimate positions, that definitely has a hard time here. Those things are, and should be, beyond discussion except as endemic problems in human culture. That leaves Trumpist braggadocio where it should be.

I’ve written of this in the past, there is a tremendous need for real conservatism that seeks to maintain the values of the past while defining social structures that support responsibility and self reliance. I’m certainly more economically conservative than in the past as I think we need to work to maintain markets while understanding how to move beyond the problems of capitalism and it’s inherent waste and destructiveness. We have a planet to save first. There needs to be something that can include efficiency and innovation without reliance on blind greed. How do we do that.

Maybe you’re the one that needs to find an evolving conservative voice here. And I say evolving because what passes for that in contemporary American politics is nothing that any of the great 19th and 20th century conservative thinkers would accept. The balance needs to be maintained.

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