Conservatism needs to apologise to the younger generations.
Yes, you read that correctly.
I am of course using the term ‘conservative’ in a generic sense that no doubt will offend theorists, however objections based on my hazy definition are digressions.
Leaving aside the fact there is no conservative citadel to express such regret, it remains that the political right-of-centre seldom if ever, pitches to a mid-to-late-teens audience.
For that neglect, we owe these young people an apology: We have failed to provide an alternative to the programming they receive via the education system and the media. When there are no contrasting messages, you are forced to believe the only information accessible to you.
It’s a trivial analogy, but as a child, you believed Santa Claus etc. existed, until you were told otherwise, correct?
We beat our breasts in lamentation that education has been thoroughly infiltrated by parasitic theories, yet what have we done to prevent or counter that?
Whereas competing ideologies actively pitch to the younger cohort – partly via the institutions mentioned above – conservatism and its variants take the approach that “Nah, it’s too hard. We’ll work on converting them after a few decades of life experience.”
In the meantime, what damage has been done to our society by this failure to provide an alternative political and life ideology? More to the point, why would you embrace conservatism in middle age when it rejected you at a time you were seeking answers?
Conservatism needs to apologise to the younger generations for neglecting them.
I do not write this flippantly, but intend it in the literal sense: To begin the conversation, a conservative organisation (if one can be found) must publish an apology to the young of this country; sincerely, and with an appropriate explanation.