Preserving Artists of the Past Now Makes Me Conservative

I didn’t leave the Left…blah blah blah you know the rest

Joe Garza
The Reckless Muse
Published in
3 min readApr 10, 2024


I’ve always considered myself pretty liberal.

And while my views have changed over the last few years and are now spread out much more across the political spectrum, I still consider myself some sort of Left-leaning type.

In fact, I always believed that my longstanding interest in and passion for the arts should put me firmly on the left (you don’t see too many right-wingers advocating for arts education in schools or establishing new cultural institutions).

However, because the modern political left has moved so far to the left, I feel…well, left behind, so to speak.

Even with my obsession for ideas and beauty and color and sound, my lust for whimsy isn’t enough to classify me as a real progressive anymore.

I’m feeling more and more inclined to add the term “classical” to my liberal label. Too bad classical music is considered racist these days.

The woke fanatics who’ve taken over the left of today are hell-bent on erasing the great contributions of the artists of the past, simply because these figures — most of them long dead — were guilty of being straight, white, male, or some combination thereof…