If I ever go through an extended period of non-posting don’t be alarmed. It just means I extremely busy with other projects. But now that I have some down time, I will give my thoughts on certain topics of note:
– I watched Professor Gottfried’s address to the H.L. Mencken club and while I thought he made some good points and good critiques of paleoconservatism, it was hard for me to discern what he thought a more effective alternative would be. Maybe he really doesn’t know himself other than “well we have young people and they’re not part of Conservative INC.” That’s true, but then again so are we here at CHT, or TRI or FPR for that matter. Maybe what the “alt right” really is is a secular reaction to the religiosity among many conservatives (or I suppose a pagan reaction to conservatives Christianity) and belief that if the young are becoming less religious, then we need a conservatism that reflects this. But then what are we conserving then anyway? Old Slipknot T-shirts? Then was what’s the difference with libertarianism? Do we really want to be the home for the “straight-edgers?” It not even good heavy metal.
– I think it’s long since past time we eliminated the term “global warming.” Climate change is one thing and we may very well be going through a period of climate change. But such changes have happened before and have happened long before the first combustion engine was built. Climate change may very well mean more storms and colder temperatures because melting glaciers cool ocean waters which affect weather system formation. I agree with FPR John Medaille that too many conservatives have a “let’s waste our natural resources approach because we must feed the God of Progress (libertarians you sort of expect it from them)”, but I also don’t think it’s possible to all live like the Amish either nor would very many want to. And trying to get China or India to skip the industrial revolution by treaty is ridiculous and a waste of time. Talk about western imperialism. One can believe in conservation without believing in the dictatorship of the post-industrial society.