Nah, no strawman. I agree I don't talk explicitly about democratic socialism in this article, but the subtitle is implicitly borne out, because what I show is that there's no such thing as an independent conservative philosophy.

Conservatism is just regressive social Darwinism, so progressive humanism or non-authoritarian socialism wins by default, as it were. The conservative's rhetorical attempts to escape the regressive implications of her policies (her pretenses of being patriotic and of loving liberty, for example) end up being incoherent, as I show.

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