I saw this story about Elon Musk slamming those who want to work from home. In a strange way, this is something that both sides appear to oppose. When the lockdowns happened, many legions of workers had to work from home. Happened in our house, and in households around America.
Well, one of the first things to go with the passing lockdowns was tolerance for this work at home culture. Now I have no doubt that, with work ethics being what they are, in some cases productivity suffered from this work at home movement. But I also know in other cases it didn't. I know, as in my wife's department, productivity increased because most liked working at home and worked their tails off to show it could be beneficial to the company. Plus, my wife's level of title and those around her means they spend much time meeting with people from almost anywhere in the world not down the street. So where they actually are physically doesn't matter.
Nonetheless, it's clear from media reporting on this subject that most to the left don't like this. Why? I don't know. I have a feeling there is something rather freeing and family focused with people liking to be home. They like being away from the mandated cattle herding. They enjoy not having to turn the kids over to state regulated daycares at the age of six months forward. Something about that goads the modern Left.
But why are conservatives against it? Again, if productivity suffered I can see laying out an ultimatum that you'll get your act together or else back to the office. But otherwise? Why are conservatives assuming the worst from people who want to work from home? Many of these workers, when asked, have said they like being home, close to the kids, allowing the kids to stay home and not be shoved into a daycare center to be taught by minimum wage workers. They feel it has helped their families, their kids, and their overall priorities.
Why are conservatives against this? Shouldn't they be the ones charging forth and saying 'You're darn right, if the job allows and you are productive, you should be close to home, close to the family, close to kids. After all, we value those things!'
Instead, most conservative responses are right there with the liberals. Only in the case of conservatives, it appears to be some 'only slipshod lazy loafers want to stay home because they're losers' reasoning. No consideration for the family/kids angle. In fact, in a few cases where I've seen people bring the issue up in an online discussion, the conservative response has been the classic Limbaugh principle: if you want to work at home, become a corporate mogul and you can do anything. Otherwise, suck on it and put those kids in the daycares and get to the office since you're probably a slothful ne'er-do-well in the first place.'
I've never seen a movement more willing to shoot itself in the foot, and shoot one another, and destroy its own principles and values, than modern conservatism. Conservatives often talk about liberalism coming after them to destroy what conservatives value. I don't think the Left needs to. It merely needs to stand aside and let conservatives do all the heavy lifting where destroying conservative values and priorities is concerned.
For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. Luke 16.8b