I’ve already written my personal gratitude list elsewhere, so here I’ll outline the political and cultural trends I’m glad about:
- The defeat of the Republicans: the sound drubbing that Republicans received in the recent election has made true change more possible than ever. While many believe that the American people have moved the center to the left, it seems more likely that voters were rejecting the “compassionate conservatism” and big government policies of George W. Bush. In the analysis of their loss, several prominent Republicans got it right. The GOP must return to its Goldwater-era platforms at a minimum—I’m not sure the Republican Party itself is remotely ready to provide a moral defense of capitalism.
That’s about all I could come up with today. In every other aspect of our society I considered, the trend is moving away from reason and away from individual rights. If you’ve got some good news to share, I would really love to hear about it. To my mind, we have our work cut out for us.