Thanks from a reader
Like many people I first became politically aware as a teenager. And like most people I started out as a liberal. But there was always something gnawing at the back of my brain, the feeling that something was rotten in the state of Denmark. Like a good liberal I pushed those things out of my head or ignored them. By my early twenties I had left liberalism (or so I thought) and embraced the Republican party. But once again I felt something was wrong. Incomplete. In my mid twenties I began reading Ayn Rand and thought I had found what I had been looking for. But after several years I became disillusioned.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 08, 2012 02:45 PM | Send
Again, something was missing. Intellectually I was like an incomplete circle. I knew what I believed but could not put a name to it. So if people asked me what I was (politically speaking), I would usually say libertarian, although in matters of race and immigration I was miles apart from libertarians. Something that always irked me was that libertarians/Randians are supposed to be ruled by reason. Yet where race and immigration came into play they seemed to lose all shreds of reason. That was when I found traditional conservatism and yourself. The incomplete circle was now complete. I could give my beliefs a name and for the first time I could honestly say that there was no longer a little man in the back of my head bothering me.
I still expect to learn and grow, but you have helped immensely to coalesce my political and intellectual center, and you continue to do so. I just wanted to let you know that and to thank you for it.