- 16, 17, & 18, not because I'm conservative, but because I'm sane.
- 20, 21 & (to a lesser extent) 10, ditto.
- 19 because I'm a Christian.
- 19 & 1 because I've studied quite a lot of history.
- 15 & 14 I hold in a slight tension. I don't think we have an absolute right to be left alone, but I think it's awfully nice if we are. Likewise, I'm a pretty firm federalist (in the older sense of that word), which in turn means that government does have a role to play in our lives, including at the national level.
- 2 only in a vague sense (this is largely where my "federalism" works itself out).
- 9 in a much less vague sense.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Article: What Americans Mean When They Say They're Conservative - The Atlantic
There's a thoughtful little article over at The Atlantic: What Americans Mean When They Say They're Conservative - The Atlantic. And while it doesn't necessarily give any solid definitions for "conservative" (that word, along with "liberal", is functionally meaningless these days anyway), it does lay out several of the options. Of the choices listed, I'd say I fall into: