What is the best kind of conservatism? Crunchy-conservatism (the natural order, tradition, Wendell Berry, community, rural, decentralization, eating locally, small businesses, small-is-beautiful)? Or free market conservatism (technology, progress, Adam Smith, the individual, urban, centralization, eating globally, big corporations, big-is-better)?
I devised an experiment to answer the question scientifically. In May, I planted two tomato plants side by side. One was a heritage tomato (a natural, uncontaminated strain from the olden days). That embodies crunchy-conservatism. The other was a hybrid tomato (scientifically bred by an agri-corporation). That embodies free market conservatism. I gave them the same amount of water and other attention. I would see which tomato is the best, and that would tell me which is the better ideology.
I set up an elaborately controlled blind taste test. My wife could not tell the difference. I could. Though it was close, I thought one of them had a better flavor. It turned out to be. . .(drumroll, please). . . the heritage tomato! Thus it is proven that crunchy-conservatism is the superior ideology.