One key for many conservatives and for TC in particular, is their approach to/dismissal of the notion of progress? Progress itself could mean several things. One conservative view of progress is that people are now, and always will be, the same. Clearly there are changes from generation to generation, but are they significant? Caldwell would say no, they aren't. Her novels are full of historical asides to justify this position. Yes, if we go from some species of primates to humans, the differences are significant. I don't know anyone who doesn't agree. Yet the subtler variations between generations as described by her in her novel "Dynasty of Death," don't seem to be changes in generations, but rather a change in the position of those of a different generation from that of their forebears. Can a whole generation change substantially and significantly, from a previous generation, and if so how, in what categories would we measure that and under what circumstances would we think it might last?