When “Natural” Becomes Conservative Territory
Georgi Boorman
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This creates an opening for conservatives to reintroduce western civilization to natural law. But I suspect the more likely outcome will be slapping the label “natural” on all the consumer preferences, cultural tendencies, and personality traits of the tribe of people who think of themselves as conservatives (a reboot of, or variation on, “Crunchy Conservatism”). Which would be a wasted opportunity. The Left doesn’t really want natural. The Right should exploit this vulnerability. But the Right shouldn’t begin to think that everything natural is good or that conducting ourselves like animals is noble or virtuous. Natural law isn’t the law of the jungle. The reason conservatism is a philosophy rather than an ideology is that conservatives begin with the world as it is. Ideologues ignore or distort aspects of reality that get in the way of their theories. Conservatives allow history, experience, and nature to teach us. But conservatives don’t stop there. There are higher things we pursue. Conservatives seek to rise above the level of the lizard brain (without pretending we can, or should, detach ourselves from the real world). I think the superstitious and emotional liberal worldview dominant today is a kind of gnosticism (self-contradictions and inconsistency being baked into the cake). I think the Alt-Right is an example of what happens when natural is confused with good and conservatism is reduced to tribalism. A conservatism based in natural law could offer a real alternative.

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