I was having a discussion with my friend Shoq on Twitter, and he was curious about why I would prefer (or even defend) conservatism these days. It’s a variant on an old question I used to get as a young Reaganite in the 1980s: “How can a guy as smart as you be a…” And then something like “Republican,” or “conservative,” or “Reagan voter” would follow.
That’s too long a question to get into here. (Especially since my time in state government was with a Democrat, and in the Senate it was with a notably moderate Republican. These days I’m an independent). But in my new book, No Use, I did include a page about missile defense and what it means to conservatives and liberals that I asked several friends — both conservative and liberal — to look at during the drafting of the manuscript. It’s on page 60 and it describes, briefly, how I see the two movements as they relate to foreign affairs.
I’m reproducing it here as a kind of short-hand explanation for how I see the politics of the foreign policy world. (I should note, however, that unlike many conservatives, I am not a partisan of national missile defenses, which I think are a waste of money.) More to come later. Continue reading →