Theses for Disputation on Conservatism
Avi Woolf

Fair warning: I’m fairly liberal, but am truly interested in the establishment of a functional conservative party. So, with that in mind…
“Any move towards a deterministic view, whether it be based on biology, or sociology, or otherwise, is to cut the legs from under the whole system, regardless of right or left.”
 — Such a blanket statement using absolute terms with no grey areas when applied to humans is how oppression starts.

Personal and Public virtue
 — Freedom means allowing people to be non-virtuous if they don’t harm others. Morals should not be legislated. Encouraged? Sure. Rewarded? Nope. That is the path to coercion and corruption.

Global conservatism
 — This also means being humble enough to recognize that the best ideas may not originate in the U.S. Ignoring successes in the world whether found in China or Norway is the way to fail on a global scale.

Reconstruction, not Conservation
 — I’d go with Rewilding. I know it’s a buzzword, but hear me out here. One of the major problems in today’s rhetoric is the premise that there is an “end”. The only constant is change. If we can proceed with the recognition that circumstances and morays change, we can create legislation that is reviewed and monitored to ensure it continues to achieve its desired (and hopefully explicitly stated) purpose, and not having unintended consequences. There are some things that are harder to change than others, but taxes are probably the easiest thing to adjust. Yet to hear the doomsday scenarios of this tax cut or that program expansion, you’d think they were going to be there until the end of time. Rewilding imagines a more natural system. Reconstruction implies construction with has a more permanent connotation. Considering what happened to New Orleans after Katrina, what will happen to Houston after Harvey and what will happen to large tracts of Florida with the oceans rising (and they are), we’re going to have to get used to rewilding areas and being able to move entire populations and cities.

I look forward to future installments in this series.

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