On the other hand, Jonah [Goldberg]'s contention that "the 'problems' of the human condition are permanent" — and therefore, presumably, barely worth trying to improve in any deep rooted way — is quite another thing. It's why I'm not a conservative, and it's why, in the end, conservatives rarely have any long term positive impact on politics. After all, if you don't really believe that the problems of the human condition are addressable in any meaningful way, what's the point?In fact, conservatives do not only not address the failings or "problems" of the human condition, they instead embrace and celebrate them!
For example, I cite above on my blog masthead a quote by the recently deceased John Kenneth Galbraith, which asserts that conservatives attempt to dignify it with flowery language, but when it gets right down to it, they're simply giving in to base selfishness.
Selfishness, greed, intolerance, excessive individualism -- these are all bedrock tenets of the conservative handbook. Thank you Ms. Rand!