“What Is Your Conservatism Conserving?”

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.


15 thoughts on ““What Is Your Conservatism Conserving?”

  1. Do you know why your former videos had subtitles, but this one says “subtitles unavailable”? Does it depend on how you record / save a video? I do not have a perfect listening comprehension in English and sometimes the sound is not 100% clear, so use subtitles too in order not to miss anything.

    Hope your father gets treated soon. In Israel, waiting times can be not perfect too, but not like this, hopefully.

    Why cannot Canadians show a BLM-level of energetic protests (in a good way) against the current state of their healthcare system? It would’ve been true patriotism.


    1. I’m definitely going to get a microphone because bad sound quality is one thing where I don’t want to imitate Arestovich. 🙂

      Why can’t Canadians protests against the destruction of their much-vaunted healthcare? Because Facebook doesn’t tell them to. The only real causes of mass protests in neoliberalism are what the digital oligarchs tell you. Look at how many young people came out to the utterly idiotic “climate strike” and how many (zero) came out to protest against school closures.

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      1. That has implications for the war in Ukraine as well – people are being told to oppose the war and we have to ask why. I think the response to the war furthers the globalists agenda and that’s why we are told to care. (Obviously there are Real reasons to care about this, but if Biden tells us we have to sacrifice then that says something)


        1. Globalists are not a uniform camp. Within globalism, there’s a struggle for domination. My suggestion is that globalism stinks no matter who’s in charge, be it the oligarchs behind Putin or oligarchs behind the WEF. They both suck. Opposing one brand of globalism by supporting the other is a dead end. I’m saying, let’s not pick sides among two flavors of crap and let’s instead choose something that’s really anti-globalist. And that is the nation-state.

          It’s like arguing whether people should be forced to take Pfizer or Moderna instead of defending the right to take none.


  2. A nice poem:


    Если ты вчера в фейсбуке
    Написал, что в Чёрном море
    Утонул ракетный крейсер
    Под названием «Москва»,
    То к тебе сиюминутно
    В дверь ворвутся космонавты,
    В автозак тебя посадят
    И тебя доставят в суд.

    А судья орёт белугой:
    – Ты – изменник и предатель,
    По статье тебя посадим
    Двести семь УК РФ!
    Та статья грозит ублюдкам,
    Кто под видом достоверной
    Информацию с неправдой
    Размещает в соцсетях.
    За такие вот делишки
    Срок лишения свободы
    До пятнадцати годочков
    Припаяют только так!

    Говорит Минобороны,
    Что ракетный крейсер грозный
    Сам случайно загорелся
    И немножко погорел,
    А сейчас плывёт спокойно
    В славный город Севастополь,
    Где его чуть-чуть починит
    Его славный экипаж.

    Но на следущее утро
    Если ты в фейсбук напишешь,
    Что плывёт себе по морю
    Крейсер с именем «Москва»,
    То тебе менты с ОМОНом
    В тот же миг сломают двери
    И опять к судье доставят
    Чтобы осудить за фейк.

    Потому что спал пока ты,
    Правда резко изменилась
    И теперь Минобороны
    Говорит, что всё не так,
    А ракетный крейсер-флагман
    Утонул себе как милый
    И пугает ржавой тушей
    Черноморских рыб на дне.

    Но к министру обороны
    Даже если он с похмелья
    Врёт как самый сивый мерин,
    Не приходит прокурор,
    Не сажает, не штрафует
    Потому что он, министр,
    Славит армию родную
    И нацистов победил.

    Никого не убивают
    Русской армии солдаты,
    Не насилуют, не грабят,
    Не стреляют ни в кого,
    А посылки их домашним
    Шлют проклятые фашисты,
    Положив в них для обмана
    Много разных ништяков.

    Эсэмэски с текстом «Мама,
    Забери меня отсюда!»
    Отправляет маме лично
    Украинский президент,
    А сынок живой-здоровый
    И друзья его – живые,
    А походный крематорий
    Рядом просто так стоит.

    Как сказал Бодров Данила?
    Правда в силе! Сила в правде!
    Говорится в русской сказке:
    «Правда – ложь, да в ней намёк…»
    Так что спи себе спокойно,
    Ты же – русский, православный,
    И по версии Пескова
    Ты ни в чём не виноват!

    Андрей Орлов


  3. Have you read Yuval Levin’s Fractured Republic? It deals with why both liberals and conservatives love different aspects of 1950s America and their different narratives of what went wrong.


  4. Happy Birthday Clarissa.

    Interesting lecture. Democratic party is too far gone but Republicans are not far behind. Most of them are not conservatives in the true sense and I feel like November will be not about slowing things down a bit rather than changing them.

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