Re: Is conservatism a form of mental illness? Kant (IIRC) was of the opinion that absolute rationality is impossible - no decsion is made in a moral or subjective vaccum. We could get easily get sidetracked into a PoMo debate here! Also, an irrational person (to you or I) could claim (and honestly believe) to be acting rationally. Who are you or I to say any differently? Im basing 'rationality' on the following critereon: A logically cohesive paradigm or framework Supported by accepted evidence and empiricism Holds up to peer review and critique Internally consistent Independent of prejudice I uphold liberalism as my logically cohesive paradigm. It may lead to some disturbing conclusions (for example I support consenting incestous relationships on these grounds, notwithstanding I personally find the idea repulsive), but it follows from the above. For an example of inconsistent arguments see Medusulas arguments re refugees. He has no issue with the mandatory and indefinate detention of asylum seeker children (offshore) by the Executive absent any Judicial review by the State, all enacted via retrospective legislation, yet he opposes racial villification laws. Despite claiming to be a 'libertarian'. And subsequently found sane. The correct decsion (from an outsiders perspective). He had legal capacity. On the topic of harsher sentences, I cannot believe he will only get 20 years. Throw away the key. My inner conservative rises to the surface again! To be honest, when my eyes were opened and my conservative paradigm shattered, it was the best day of my life. Releasing the anger and realising that the world was a lot more complex than I thought it was. Didnt sleep the whole night though.