My politics are, roughly speaking, 1/3 B. Sanders, 1/3 E. Warren and 1/3 moderate Burkean conservative. I can think of an active example of the last sort. Once upon a time there was MA Senator Ed Brooke, CT Senator and later Governor Lowell Weicker, MA Governor Frank Sargent. Something I read today got me thinking about that political outlook and I remembered John Michael Greer’s essay, A Few Notes on Burkean Conservatism. It’s a good framing of the type and I enjoy his language. It reminds of essays by Lewis Lapham when he was editor of Harper’s. Here are few excerpts from Greer’s post:
A genuine conservatism—that is, a point of view oriented toward finding things worth conserving, and then doing something to conserve them—is one of the few options that offer any workable strategies for the future as the United States accelerates along the overfamiliar trajectory of a democracy in terminal crisis.
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Via Heather Cox Richardson:
“The Freedom to Vote Act… establishes a baseline for access to the ballot across all states. That baseline includes at least two weeks of early voting for any town of more than 3000 people, including on nights and weekends, for at least 10 hours a day. It permits people to vote by mail, or to drop their ballots into either a polling place or a drop box, and guarantees those votes will be counted so long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day and arrive at the polling place within a week. It makes Election Day a holiday. It provides uniform standards for voter IDs in states that require them.
The Freedom to Vote Act cracks down on voter suppression. It makes it a federal crime to lie to voters in order to deter them from voting (distributing official-looking flyers with the wrong dates for an election or locations of a polling place, for example), and it increases the penalties for voter intimidation. It restores federal voting rights for people who have served time in jail, creating a uniform system out of the current patchwork one.
It requires states to guarantee that no one has to wait more than 30 minutes to vote.
Resolved: Coalitions comprised of people with different cultural capital are weak.
Reluctantly, I’m inclined to agree. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Usually so, but not always? What exceptions can you think of?
FWIW, I looked up a bunch of definitions of “cultural capital”. I find Wikipedia’s definition the easiest to understand:
Cultural capital comprises the social assets of a person (education, intellect, style of speech, style of dress, etc.) that promote social mobility in a stratified society.
The pro-democracy forces in the US are at least a two-thirds majority. We need to act like one.
It’s interesting to look back on things you wrote years ago and see how well they withstand the test of time. Thoughts I shared with the Democratic Town Committee in August 2015:
People who I’m pretty sure like the direction Sanders says he wants to take the country are throwing in early for Clinton. I’m not sure why.
A fellow committee member posted the following to the listserv:
Here is a link to a blog by a friend I trust on political issues… This one about Hillary.
Doug is a thoughtful person. I shared my take on his post:
“Practicing good epistemological hygiene requires that one seek out perspectives that challenge one’s own.”
– Seth Cotlar
I try to do that. The perspectives that challenge my own and hold up to scrutiny are much more often from my left than from my right.