The Left goes left, Taibbi, investments
I’ve noticed something lately: The liberals I opposed in my youth are the thinkers I enjoy the most these days.
I was born conservative. Not Alex Keaton conservative, but definitely on the Right and far more politically interested than my peers.
As a student at the University of Michigan and Notre Dame, I always found myself to the right of my acquaintances, often uncomfortably so.
But now, 30 years later? Those old liberals and I have moved closer together.
I no doubt drifted a bit to the Left. Although my history studies and innate conservatism initiated my interest in converting to Catholicism, once I joined the Church, I adopted a worldview and faith that tempered my more conservative instincts.
But I was still a JPII convert, which means I have remained conservative.
So I’ve concluded those liberals from my youth have drifted to the Right, which would be normal. People get more conservative as they get older, especially once they have kids and realize that it’s a beautiful world that doesn’t need to be torn down by a centralized state to create a world you’d prefer. When you hold that baby, you think, “This is alright. Right here, right now.” And at that moment, your mental landscape shifts to the Right.
Liberalism is discontent with present moment. Conservatism is contentment with the present moment. That’s why liberalism wants to change things and conservatives want to keep them the same. It doesn’t make one correct and one wrong. It’s just the way things are.
It also means that those self-identified “Lefties” in their 50s are beginning to think more like me. They’re still Leftists, but they have sensibilities more like mine. I’m talking about folks like Bill Burr, Joe Rogan, and Matt Taibbi.
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