Blog: Linear Shadows

Linear Shadows
Linear Shadows
Date: 2019-Jan-20 05:02:03 EST

Tonight I went to a 59th birthday party for a longtime acquaintence. It was impressive how many people he's met in the NYC area that came out for him, and when he talked about what he did this year, I saw he had a lot to be proud of. It was nice. And it made me a bit jealous. I think were I to try to do the same thing, it'd be a nearly empty room, or alternatively heavily dependent on coworkers.

Had some good conversations with some of the other people there; he's a moderate conservative, and there were a number of others of that sort at the gathering. As I'm the sort of liberal that prefers the company of moderate conservatives over that of radical liberals, this was kinda refreshing - some of them were trying to find ways of buiding consensus on dealing with climate change on their side. They complained that the Kochs dominated the elected pols and believed that many conservative voters share their views. I can just wish them luck ; I believe our nation only functions well with two main parties that see each other as the loyal opposition, and which prefer reaching across the aisle than reaching out to their own extremists. And while perhaps I am an extremist in some sense on economic issues, I'm pretty moderate on social norms, and that's where I think this is most important.