1. Recurrently, humans respond to change in a conservative manner, established traditions protecting against unsettling developments. To a great extent, the reasonableness of conservative responses hinges upon external conditions, change being more rational in certain ages.
This isn’t precisely on topic for this fascinating essay but a nagging thought I have is that conservatism may align more with ‘realism’, in opposition to the pursuit of ‘no limits’ in left liberal ideology. This seems to manifest in my intellectual reading lists as a clear divide between conservative thinkers grappling to understand the world as it is, while left liberal thinkers consistently prescribe a world that they think we should strive for.
I wonder if the differences on climate change reflect these instincts.