When young people are ostracized, they are easy prey for the conservative populist groups that gave us Donald Trump--and who want to bring him back
I'm really glad you're writing about this.
Thank you Kelly! I appreciate it--it is so interesting to see how people respond to this: there seem to be some readers who can't bear to see the word "conservative" in their inboxes, while for others, I seem to have tapped into a question they have wanted to engage for some time.
This is such an important piece, Claire. When I used to lecture on campus the most interesting student--there was usually only one--was often a conservative. Having to hold their own in a sea of liberals made them work things out for themselves.
Thank you Claire! I think there's a definite blindspot on college campuses for how students with conservative (not radical MAGA, but just right-of-centre) views get treated.
So the "mainstream conservative political tradition" would be ...? What "more conventional political parameters" are out there these days within which they could cultivate their conservatism? And what would such a cultivated conservatism look like? Stand for? And stand against?
Thank you, Claire, for making the effort to attend CPAC and listen. We need to understand the experience of these young voters.
Great piece, Claire. I keep looking for people who are working at the intersection of our Great Political Divide and your description of the value of engaging nascent conservatives is very thought-provoking. (Also appreciated the call-out!)