This is the question you almost invariably get when you say that you are a conservative. It’s usually followed by some inane chirping about the 1950s in the US.
“So, you want to go back to the 1950s, is that it?”
Unsurprisingly, the more cosmopolitan, anti-cultural-appropriation and pro-respecting-all-cultures one is, the higher is the likelihood that one is utterly incapable of imagining that “the 1950s” don’t mean the same everywhere in the world. To me, the 1950s are a decade when Stalin died and political prisoners started to get released from the GULAG. Which is why the 1950s carry a completely different set of connotations for me.
Still, my conservatism has nothing to do with the 1950s either in the US or in the USSR. What it has to do with I explained in my new 10-minute video. I was actually going to write about it but I spent all night waking up in a cold sweat as I imagined my Dad curled up in a plastic chair at a Canadian emergency room, so the hope was that making the video would wake me up a bit.