Conservatism is a spent force. I’ll spare the harsh words I used over at FTs, but the war has been lost, due to myriad factors and a thousand wounds, many self-inflicted. Regardless of who wins in November, we will not have a conservative president, and we will have to go through decades of progressivism and populism before a sufficient number of people again become interested in conservatism.
Some future new generation of soldiers will have to pick up the fight some day. Phyllis Schlafly, Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter will never be victorious.
The slow-rolling coup at FOX (Z: referring to the Ailes situation) is indicative of the changes our society is going through. The Conservative cohort is trending older and older, and the Progressive Pied Piper’s song is sweet. Only many years later will people realize the sugary fluff was content free and gave us only societal decay.
Rupert Moloch’s spawn see the writing on the wall and they will adjust accordingly to maximize revenue. (Z: with what they do when Ailes goes)
I then asked Silverfiddle if he saw any hope at all, what would have to happen to turn things back toward Conservatism?:
First, let me say I don’t believe we will crash or anything catastrophic like that. Rather, we are slowly changing, as all societies do. My theory for years has been that we are following Argentina’s trajectory, thanks to institutional political corruption and political demagoguery, among many other factors.
I see no way our course is reversed. Yeats spoke an eternal truth…
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity”
Please don’t take this as apocalyptic defeatism. Step 1 is Seeing the world as it is; not what you wish it to be. “Facing unpleasant facts,” as Orwell called it, does not come naturally to us.
Z: SO: I thought this was incredibly interesting to consider and asked if I could post it here today and he graciously allowed me to. What do you think of his viewpoint? If you completely disagree, tell us, and Silverfiddle, how you see it turning around for the better. I think some of what he wrote, or all, is a tad negative for many of you, but might fit some of you just right; TELL US, please.