The progressive ascendancy of the federal government has flattened all politically “real places” relative to D.C., much as most independent cinematic creativity has been bleached out and strangled relative to Hollywood. By contrast, localism is a traditionally conservative value. The regrettable rise of “non-places” and “non-products” is largely a result of nationalized industry standards. No place or product counts for society at large unless it is, literally, up to standards. Fondness for guilds and locally made products is fundamentally at odds with the liberal hankering for political unanimity. The essence of conservatism is to defend the little customs of little people, which have organically taken root in a thousand places and ways, against the centralizing “forward” thrust of the State.
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