What Is Conservatism?

December 10, 2018

In a post-Trump world, being a conservative is equated to being a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, transphobic, backwards person. Conservatism has a negative connotation to a lot of people. But is it? What does it mean to be a conservative? Are you really a liberal, or a conservative but don’t know it yet?


In this episode of The Rational Ape, we talk about the nature of conservatism, I.e. what it means to be a conservative. We’ll talk about conservatism in a more pure sense, where does it come from? What is the basis of conservatism. This is an important discussion that must be had as it’s almost fashionable to just slap labels and throw words without knowing what it means. One of those words or label is “conservative.”