2. Why are conservatives anti-progress?
This is quite a vague question. I wish Hawkins would have asked for clarification because my first thought is: define progress.
Conservatives love progress just as much as liberals do; the difference is how and what we define as progress. Some positions that liberals hold as making progress, I view as backwards and retrogressive.
If you view abortion as a woman’s right, blah, blah, blah, as progress, I would say, yes, I’m anti-progress. But I don’t see it as progress in the first place. I see abortion as regress, barbaric, and uncivilized. See what I mean about defining progress?
I see better, cheaper, cleaner ways to burn fossil fuels for energy as progress. I’m pro-progress. I don’t see solar and wind power as progress; I see stagnation, higher energy costs, and hurting the poor. That’s not progress.
I view the mountains of regulations championed by liberals as anti-progress.
You know what I’d like to see? I’d like to see a base station on the Moon, where we mine helium-3. It is said, that two shuttle bays full of helium-3 could power the United States for a year. That’s progress.