I have been waffling for the last few years on whether to start a new party, and if so, which sweet spot: Upper Left or Eco Conservative?
I have finally decided: Eco Conservative. The reasons:
- Nobody liked the word Frequality, and I could never find a better word to describe a niche that mixes liberty and more equality–except perhaps populist.
- The Left has has become humorless and puritanical. I like to crack jokes. I would get Cancelled pretty quickly trying to work with any kind of Progressives in a core alliance.
- Personally, I live a fairly Christian conservative lifestyle. And I think men in dresses who want to use the ladies locker room should go to prison.
- I recently saw Planet of the Humans. The environmental movement needs some political allies who understand economics.
- I like natural foods and tinkering with alternative energy. Starting an Eco Conservative movement should make for good networking opportunities.
I don’t know whether to start a party or a faction within the Republican Party yet. There are decent arguments for both paths. For now I want to work on a manifesto and build a core coalition. Then we will decide on the strategy.
To see the online draft of the manifesto, check out the new site: Green and Free. That’s where I will be making most of my new blog posts and other online writings.
By the way, I haven’t abandoned the idea of mixing in smaller government with more equality. I am simply changing the axes.
The populist positioning will be secondary to the eco part of the branding, but it will be an important part of the brand. You cannot slow down suburban sprawl and the rot of inner cities without some improvement on the economic equality front.