Over the years, conservatives have missed many opportunities to reach a wider audience by addressing real-world problems. They have focused on avoiding controversial issues and seeking symbolic ones, like prayer in schools or anti-abortion, which seem popular but lose out on non-fanatics.
A few ideas pop up immediately:
Marin, who floated the idea of a six-hour day before becoming prime minister, would need to convince the other four parties in her coalition to push through a reduction in the working day amid rising unemployment due to COVID-19.
“We need to create a clear vision and concrete steps as to how Finland can proceed towards shorter working hours and Finnish employees towards better working life,” the 34-year-old leader told her party members, who had elected her chairwoman of the Social Democrats on Sunday.
Conservatives can get ahead of this by suggesting that we make cultural changes that emphasize a higher work/life balance while removing all of the quota systems and bureaucracy that we can.
The trouble with conservatism is that no one understands it, mistaking it for “preserve the past” instead of “conserve the best.”
If we want to conserve the best of our civilization, we have to fight back against the time, energy, and money vampires installed by modernity. These are many, but we could start with the daily experiences of conservatives and making life a better experience generally.