A major topic of discussion among conservative and/or non-Left thinkers, bloggers, and political theorists is what exactly makes one a “conservative” (or, perhaps more accurately, what combination of values and axiomatic beliefs constitute “conservatism”). For the philosophically-minded, it’s an intriguing and edifying activity that forces one to examine one’s convictions, and the sources thereof.
I’ve written extensively about the Left and what motivates it. To summarize broadly: the modern progressive Left is motivated, at bottom, by a lust for power (the more cynical of Leftists) and a zealous nihilism. These motivations take on a Puritan cultural totalitarianism that cannot tolerate even the mildest of dissent. Witness the many examples of how Leftists across time and nations have devoured their own.
That said, I haven’t written too much lately about what it means to be a conservative. One reason, I’m sure, is that it’s always…
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