Here is my questionnaire and Tyler’s answers. Anyone who feels like commenting is welcome. I am interested in how other people got to where a lot of us are now. Watching as normal politics completely failed to prevent the progressives from destroying our country has been a powerful object lesson for me and probably many others.
My answers to Tyler’s questionnaire is linked at https://theportlypolitico.com/?p=7094
Tyler, here are five questions I came up with. Feel free to elaborate or even direct the questions in whatever way you think gives you scope to answer them in a way that you think is interesting. Also if any question doesn’t seem appropriate feel free to leave it out. I’m looking for this to be a positive experience.
- How would you describe your political stripe? Libertarian, social conservative, fiscal conservative, civic nationalist? Feel free to elaborate with examples if conventional labels are not precise enough.
I would describe myself as a social conservative. When I was younger, I would have been (essentially) a Christian Libertarian, but then I actually experienced life and realized that pure Libertarianism cannot work; indeed, it can only work with traditional, moral, Christian (inherently or explicitly) values to underpin it. I very much agree with Tucker Carlson’s notion that capitalism is a tool to be used to better our lives, not a god to be worshipped. I would add that the trust necessary to maintain capitalism requires Christian ethics and a high-trust society. A high-trust society can’t work without some moral framework, and the only enduring moral framework must come from God; otherwise, there’s no foundation for morality.
Essentially, live your life as you wish, but remember that you exist in a community, and your actions impact your neighbor. The family, not the individual, is the principle unit for organizing a healthy society. Also, stop killing babies.
- What events or circumstances most impacted your political outlook? If more than one thing was responsible how do you feel they were tied together?
Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences was a transformational moment for me. Reading that book was like reading prophecy that had come true–it was electric. His diagnosis of the pitfalls of modernity really opened my eyes to the shortcomings of our secular worldview, and the soul-crushing nihilism and existential crisis it has wrought.
Trump’s presidency was another galvanizing moment. Trump may have been a flawed vessel, and he was ineffective at times, but he helped drop the scales from the eyes of many conservatives, myself included. Economically I moved much more in a populist and economic nationalist direction thanks to Trump (and Pat Buchanan’s Death of the West–a must-read), questioning for the first time the dogma of unbridled free trade (which, when you talk to free trade absolutists, it really is almost an article of faith–even if America is losing in trade, they argue, it’s worth it because it pleases the god of efficiency).
Trump also made politics fun again. Notice how boring it is now? The Biden-Harris administration is a disaster, but I can barely make myself care.
- What aspect of the progressive attack on our culture do you find the most personally troubling?
The whole normalizing of pedophilia and transgenderism, LBGTQ2+ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ thing makes me scared for my niece and nephews, as well as my hypothetical future children. The whole “let sixteen-year olds vote” project of a couple of years ago served two purposes: overtly, it would have put more immature idiots onto the voter rolls, helping Democrats; covertly, it would make it easier to argue that sexual relationships with minors is acceptable. Essentially, “If a sixteen-year old can vote, she can consent to sex with an adult” (H/T to my younger brother for realizing that first). As we’ve seen with the Left, they’ll keep pushing and pushing until eventually sex with babies will somehow be okay (the argument will be, “well, a child isn’t really a person until the doctors say so, so what’s the harm?”). This sounds insane now, but mark my words: child-diddling is going to be mainstreamed fast.
The other would be the continued insinuation of progressive craziness into every institution. Even at my little country private school, I’m seeing the tentacles of social justice wheedle their way into the curriculum. That’s something incredibly difficult to fight while still maintaining job security. The Boomer admins seem all-too-happy to go along with it, too, I think largely out of cluelessness.
- If one thing could be restored to the way it was in the old days what would you want it to be?
The preservation of the nuclear family. The destruction of the nuclear family is destroying American society. The Great Society went after blacks first, who were starting to do pretty well economically and socially until the government incentivized divorce and single motherhood. Now nearly 50% of children are born out of wedlock to mothers under thirty, regardless of race. Look, there are good single moms out there, but just plain commonsense tells us that being a single parent is harder than being part of a two-parent household. With a mom and a dad, parents can shoulder the load.
I also increasingly believe that pushing women to enter the workforce was a terrible idea. Sure, you have your high performers like Nikki Haley, Margaret Thatcher, Phyllis Schlafly, etc., but those women are, at best, the 5%. The rest–if they were honest with themselves–would much prefer being at home raising children, or maybe working a little part-time gig. But we’ve lured women into the soul-crushing atmosphere of the workforce with vague promises of “fulfillment” and “empowerment,” when really they’re just maintaining some strange man’s schedule (instead of their husband’s) and posting to social media–or, even worse, issuing edicts from the HR department.
I’m not saying we should ban women from working–that’s a bit much–but a healthy society would encourage domesticity and motherhood for the vast majority of women, while still allowing a pathway to the workforce for that alternatively talented 5%.
- Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Why?
On a macro scale, I am always a declinist. Trump was an all-too-brief reprieve, and didn’t accomplish enough–either due to his own lack of effort or due to intense interference from the Deep State (I’m inclined more to the latter–to turn things around long-term. History does suggest that these fevered periods of revolution and upheaval burn themselves out, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do incredible amounts of damage in the meantime. I don’t think we’re the Roman Empire in the 5th century A.D., but we’re definitely the Roman Empire in, say, the 3rd or 4th Century A.D.–the glory days are over, there are more and more problems, but we’re largely coasting on the accomplishments of generations greater than our own. The ultimate collapse might not be for another 100 years, but it’s coming.
On a micro scale, however, I am optimistic. We still enjoy many freedoms. We still have a window of opportunity to learn to grow our own food, to stockpile our weapons and preserves, and to build our own institutions outside of the mainstream. I always rejected Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option” as cowardly, but I see some wisdom to it–rather than waste our time trying to fight an unwinnable culture war, let’s build our own culture. I can’t do much about Biden’s senility, but there is much I can do to improve my land, my neighborhood, my town, my county, and even my State.
Ultimately, God is in control. I believe He is, or will soon be, visiting a judgment upon us for our wickedness. Sodom and Gomorrah look like a weekend at a Free Will Baptist Bible college compared to the United States in 2021. Prayer is our greatest weapon, and we need to be on our knees daily praying for some relief.