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Ask Janus

Ask Janus is a column I run from time to time which answers questions submitted to me by readers like you. In it, I do my best to explain issues that people are curious, concerned, mislead, or otherwise need help figuring out in a way that is both fair and, at the same time, explains what I believe and why I believe it. If you have a question you’d like answered, please contact me and let me know.

Questions Answered

· What is the difference between Communism and Socialism?
· Are wildfires worse because environmentalists?
· How does taxing the people hurt businesses?
· What are regulatory takings?
· Why are cable companies allowed to have monopolies?
· Why doesn’t the Fourteenth Amendment apply to gay marriage?

The Best Way To Ask

If you have a question you’d like answered, feel I’ve missed something in a post, or have a topic you’d like me to address, add a comment anywhere on the blog (I read them all), talk to me on twitter @JanusTheMad, or send me an email at janus at secularconservative.net.


Hi Janus,

I have a similarly themed blog


would you be interested in a mutual link exchange on our blogroll?


 Comment by Bromby on September 8, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

I like what I see. Consider it done.

 Comment by Janus on September 8, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

Wow, just on a whim went searching for anyone that I could agree with on both my conservative ideals and atheist/agnostic beliefs. So glad I found this. Just a quick question, do you possilby have a list of books that you know of on the issue of secular/atheist conservatives? Thanks and keep up hte great work!

 Comment by BW on November 9, 2008 @ 10:05 am

Two random visitors in one day. Coincidence? As an agnostic, I can comfortably say, I think not. So there are more than two of us. Good to know. You took my potential blog name, though, damn it. Now I have to get more creative. When I settle on one and get started, perhaps we can compare notes.

 Comment by Clint on November 9, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

Clint, it happens every now and again ;) When you get your blog up, send me a link and I’ll add you to the blogroll.

BW, most secular conservatives don’t advertise the fact that they aren’t religious. They tend to get decried as RINOs by the religious nuts and fail to garner base support. The smart ones who have any hope of running for office on day tend to characterize themselves as either fiscal conservatives or libertarians (with a small L — the Libertarians with a capital L are crazy imo. If you want to read more of THAT I can scan a copy of the official Libertarian article on why Chaney is a member of a secret masonic order that worships the ghost of Napoleon…) Google “libertarian conservative books” and you’ll find half a dozen on the first page.

 Comment by Janus on November 9, 2008 @ 11:14 pm


Maybe I have missed it but I would love to see your thoughts on Free Trade. If you’ve addreesed it before – please direct me to the location. This blog with your thoughtful readers is an oasis in a very dry land.


 Comment by Jerry Heavin on February 27, 2009 @ 10:34 am

@Jerry Heavin The post I have about free trade is a little clumsy and bogged down, but there is one up.


 Comment by Janus on February 27, 2009 @ 11:53 am

I too am a secular conservative. The current actions in the District of Corruption are hard to take. I feel my best course of action is to act locally. Therefore, I have created a blog to try and un-elect my so called representative, Dennis Moore of Kansas.

I have mentioned your blog in one of my two writings. I don’t know how to do a mutual link exchange, but would be interested in doing so.

My blog, which I hope I can dedicate sufficient energy towards, is http://dennismooreupdate.blogspot.com/

It is difficult to get political action going. We need to use the net, and get the word out. Maybe persons in each district can set up a blog to get out the facts of their rep. Example … they voted for a jobs bill … that is what they say … when in fact it was a climate change bill driven by cap and trade.

 Comment by Unrepresented Kansan on July 8, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

I’ll add you to the blog roll asap.

 Comment by Janus on July 9, 2009 @ 10:57 am