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Konservatismin ymmärtäminen lienee olennainen asia nykyään. Tässä Corey Robinin loistava essee Conservatism and Counterrevolution (via Leiter Reports).

Lainaus: “People on the Left often fail to realize this, but conservatism really does speak to and for people who have lost something. It may be a landed estate or the privileges of white skin, the unquestioned authority of a husband or the untrammeled rights of a factory owner. The loss may be as material as a portion of one’s income or as ethereal
as a sense of standing. It may be of something that was never legitimately owned in the first place; it may, when compared with what the conservative retains, be small. Even so, it’s a loss, and nothing is ever so cherished as that which we no longer possess.”

En usko että konservatismista on yksinkertaista totuutta, mutta yksi mekanismi on selvä. Laskevat odotukset, menetyksen pelko, omanarvontunnon kohtaamat kolhut ovat bensaa taantumuksen liekkeihin. Ja tässä on yksi selkeä syy, miksi työväestö kääntyy nykyään yhä enemmän populistisen oikeiston suuntaan.

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