I don’t like small talk. I can appreciate a casual, friendly conversation, and I like to think I’m a pretty good listener. But it’s hard to enjoy small talk because I’m not very good at it. Part of the problem is that I can’t relate to most of it, as I have very little in … Continue reading Can We Talk?
Imagine you’re raising a family in a little suburban home, with a well-to-do neighbor on either side. (Some of you may not have to imagine, but you can still play along.) The neighbor on the left is sophisticated and amiable and smiles a lot. He often talks about having you over for dinner, and he … Continue reading Like a Good Neighbor
Last year, everyone was celebrating to see the end of 2020. Surely 2021 couldn’t be as bad, they said… and on some level it wasn’t. But there are other metrics by which it was certainly worse. All that said, I never cared much for the running joke that 2020 was such an awful year … Continue reading Real Resolution
In my last post, I tried to explain my fundamental problem with the “conservatism” of the Republican Party. This time, I would like to finish up by laying out the specific problems I have with their actual practice (or lack thereof). First, Republicans refuse to encourage virtue. Instead of promoting an idea on its own … Continue reading What’s Wrong with the Right?
In previous posts, I gave my general opinion on American politics – and on the left in particular. But I didn’t specifically address conservatism, so I would like to round out the conversation by doing that. To begin with, I’m not going to pretend that anyone would be wrong to associate me with conservatives; but … Continue reading The Right Reason
In my previous post, I spoke of politics in terms of liberal and conservative, rather than Democrat and Republican. That’s because my chief focus was on philosophy, not on party. But since left and right in our society are virtually synonymous with the two major parties, I may as well address the elephant in the … Continue reading No Good Reason
The terms “liberal” and “conservative” are obviously relative; what’s liberal in one century might be conservative in the next. But one thing remains essentially the same: conservatives fight change and liberals fight for it. How we judge the liberalism or conservatism of any time or place ultimately depends on what’s being changed. If it’s good, … Continue reading Conserving Liberalism
You may wonder what the title of this post means. Or you may look at the website and wonder those very words: “What’s the point?” After all, experts tell us that we should have a definite goal in mind when starting a blog. That’s probably good advice, but a lot of people seem to blog … Continue reading What’s the Point?