A reader writes:

As an Iraq invasion supporter, I suppose I too have been "radicalized." But I don't feel radical on principles; I don't mean to advocate for proletariat ownership of the means of production, or sub-10% taxation of the top 2% of wage earners, or anything. I am forever radicalized against trusting the government and the media about much of anything, particularly matters of national security.

As an oldest child, from an upper-middle-class family, I'd always been inclined to think that things were mostly being conducted on the up-and-up; that we as a people had learned the lessons of the Gulf of Tonkin, segregation, and Watergate. Now I know that those were eternal lessons of human frailty, not lessons of history learned by all.

Reading Marcus Aurelius and the Federalist Papers on governance and human nature would once have been described as "conservative"; no idea what to call this radicalization of tone and attitude in light of what that term means now.

For me, real conservatism and real Christianity have never been more vital. Or their absence so striking.

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