Moderativism

by Ben Perreira

I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old. – Robert Frost

As hard as it can be to make a decision, once that decision is made it has tremendous inertia. Americans are told to register to vote at age 18, at which point we are prompted choose a political affiliation. Many of us choose to support the same political party our parents support.

Others have slightly wider world views and choose on their own. Some choose to waffle and register as independent (shockingly, I am one of these people).

As soon as these anchors are dropped they become permanent parts of our personal political ecosystems. We become republicans, democrats, liberals, libertarians, socialists or nationalists ’til death do us part.

Or if you choose to follow Robert Frost’s cue, you simply make decisions as they come along. Nothing wrong with adaptability.

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