Coping with Change

Secular Right has had long posting droughts, periods with few posts and few comments. But when it rains, it pours.

Please see:

Gay marriage and unintended consequences
Back to the Paleolithic
Change does not always march in one direction
The Gay Marriage Thing
SR Case Against Gay Marriage (cont.) Note that the post is a continuation of an even earlier one.

I can’t help but think that we need to distinguish between two very different groups of people: those who are conservative for conservatism’s sake, and those who are conservative because of positions they favor.

For example: being against Monarchy as a political system would have been radical during the Enlightenment but is tamely conservative in the modern day; now, being a Monarchist would be radical. Thus, Monarchism isn’t itself a conservative or radical position, but becomes one depending on the context.


2 Responses to “Coping with Change”

  1. in the US, ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ are just words that sound like ideologies, that are used as surrogates for “republican” and “democrat” – which are really coalitions of people with vastly different and even incompatible ideologies. A classical liberal who is concerned about government interference in economics might join the Republicans, while a classical liberal who is concerned about abortion rights or legalization of marijuana might join the Democrats. In other countries, parties are often centered around ideologies, and must then form coalitions to exercise power; in the US, the two-party system pushes ideologies invisibly beneath the borders of political parties.

  2. Ah, but that’s precisely why I’m so fascinated by Secular Right – it’s about ideology, not political affiliation, but there seems to be a tremendous ideological conflict between at least two groups that the site has attracted.

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