Vance referenced someone whom he called “a very popular libertarian author,” but declined to name any names. The author, he said, talks a lot about isolation; the decline of community, family, and marriage; addiction to social media; and the skyrocketing rates of youth suicide. “If you think those things are problems,” Vance said, “if you think children killing themselves are problems, if you think people not having families, not being married, feeling more isolated are problems, then you need to be willing to use political power when it’s appropriate to solve those problems.” “If people are spending too much time addicted to devices that are designed to addict them, we can’t just blame consumer choice,” he added. “We have to blame ourselves for not doing something to stop it. If people are killing themselves because they’re being bullied in online chatrooms, we can’t just say parents need to exercise more responsibility.” “We live in environment and in a culture that is shaped by our laws and public policy, and we can’t hide from that fact anymore,” Vance concluded. “The question conservatives confront at this key moment is this: Whom do we serve? Do we serve pure, unfettered commercial freedom? Do we serve commerce at the expense of the public good? Or do we serve something higher, and are we willing to use political power to actually accomplish those things?” https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/jd-vance-american-dream-is-undoubtedly-in-decline/ As a conservative it makes me nervous to see more and more Republicans thinking this way. They want just as much big government as Democrats but they want to use it in a way to push their cultural preferences or what they deem is the greater good. Yet more often than not they don’t actually explain how they would accomplish this. Do they want the government mandating Hollywood produce certain types of movies that encourage marriage and having children? Do they think government should mandate tech companies do certain things to try and reduce screen time or online bullying? What’s their solution?