I and those of us who post here appear to be politically conservative. If that’s the case with you, how and when did that happen? Are you, and have you always been, affirmatively conservative? Have you always cherished tradition, the family and local community as the best source and transmitter of values, favored and sought to obtain private property, believed in a “prevailing moral order in the universe,” or would you say alternatively that you are mostly apolitical and merely reactionary against liberalism’s propensity to favor government solutions first, especially those administered from afar, aka, DC?
Maybe that’s two ways of saying the same thing, but some of us came late to conservatism. I, for example, was moderate to slightly left of center up to and through the Nixon administration, and then I met and interreacted with a close friend in the 70’s who had taken up with the YSA (Young Socialist Alliance) at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Socialist_Alliance (Bet you didn’t know we had commies on campus in south Louisiana, where we mostly preferred to drink beer and laisser les bona temps rouler, i.e. “party on, Garth!”).
The YSA members were bright and articulate Trotstyists, civil enough on a personal basis, but I sensed that they were dead enders, misfits and malcontents with the same, vague “power to the people” sloganeering that plagues the left to this day. It was repulsive, but I didn’t know exactly why. I think it was the judgmentalism and certitude: they were in their early 20’s and had no questions, about ANYTHING. Extremist conservatives can be the same way, of course. The difference is that conservatives for the most part want to leave me alone.
It was much, much later. like 20 years later, that I read Kirk’s The Conservative Mind and discovered that Edmund Burke had been struggling and railing against leftism since the French Revolution, and for what I think were the same reasons. If you haven’t read that book, I recommend it.
Probably I was a latent conservative all along due to my wiring and my catholic education. I still have a streak of anarchist/libertarian in me that envies the Comanches and Cheyennes, who did whatever the hell they wanted their entire lives.
So, how’d you end up where you are on the political spectrum? I’m not going to argue with anybody. about it; I’m just curious.