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Conservatism will die out unless it rejects these three conspiracy theories.

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Submitted by Dong (Canada), Jan 8, 2022 at 00:11

As usual, Dr Pipes hits it on the nail. For all of leftism's problems, in the eyes of the moderates, they pale in comparison to the "Big Two" that he mentioned.

May I add a third one? The idea that man-made global climate change is a hoax. Older, it's-the-economy-stupid minded folks here easily get caught into this pattern of thinking, but I can assure you - the younger generation has a much longer time horizon than you do, and they feel existential threat from climate change. Conservatism will not appeal to them unless it changes its tune on climate change.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Glad we agree on my two, but I beg to differ on your addition. I don't see climate change as a conspiracy theory but as bad science which, for emotional reasons, has become sacred and indisputable. The historical record shows that shutting down dissent usually means the theory is wrong.

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