August 16th, 2004

red panda eating bamboo

Another excellent article

Again via tedesson, who is doing a lot of really good reading these days.

"What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong With It?"

One reason I really like this article is that it argues conservatism has always been opposed to rational thought, whereas democracy promotes rational thought and debate. I like this because I always believe there isn't enough rational thought and debate in political discourse, and because I cringe at the belief that it's necessary for movements that espouse positions I agree with to attack with jingoism and emotional manipulation (a la Michael Moore). Lots of smart people with good politics think this is necessary, and they're probably right, but it has always struck me as giving in and playing on the opponents' turf rather than choosing our own turf, and the article seems to agree with me on that.

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