Everyone is goading me to mock Bobo’s ode to moderation, so I will. I’m not a Fisker by trade, so I’ll just give one particularly odious example of what’s wrong with it:
The moderate does not believe that there are policies that are permanently right. Situations matter most. Tax cuts might be right one decade but wrong the next. Tighter regulations might be right one decade, but if sclerosis sets in then deregulation might be in order.
Regulation is one issue where I have to think most people have to know what is being regulated and how it is being regulated before they decide whether they’re for the regulation. The 27 percenters probably oppose any and all regulation, but I have never met anyone who is reflexively for any and all regulation, much less someone who was for any and all regulation last decade but now believes in deregulating things.
I get that Bobo and some other narcissists get off on the idea that they’re bigger than the game, of no clique or party, bound neither to cause nor state and all that (even as they shill incessantly for some special interest or ideological movement). But sometimes I wonder: do they actually care about anything beyond the sanctity of their own beautiful minds? Does it bother Bobo that, for all his carefully reasoned moderate Burkean centrist thought, he spent years fellating a president who is now widely regarded as the worst of the last fifty years? That he supported a disastrous war?
I suspect it does, if only because it affected how others see him. That may be why he’s retreated from pure right-wing agit prop to the safer arena of meaningless musings and concern trolling. It’s riskier to take a political position than it is to take an inoffensive meta-position.
I’ve never understood the point of being conservative or liberal or moderate. I always thought the point was to advocate for certain policies, and against others, to advocate for certain candidates and political organizations, and against others.
What’s the point of patting yourself on the back for your supposed intellectual independence, then doing nothing while your nation burns?