Phil Agre on Conservatism

I’m on Phil Agre’s Red Rock Eater mailing list. Agre is a wonderful thinker about information systems and how they integrate into society. He hasn’t posted as much to RRE as he used to, but he posted a new article today, which discusses the conservative movement in detail, what it represents, and how we should fight it. While I’m not sure I agree with all of his points (“Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy.”, for instance), he does a good job of identifying the tactics of the conservative movement, especially in their use of language (similar to George Lakoff), and identifying ways in which we can fight them. The article is long, but I found it interesting, so I figured I’d link to it.