How both conservatism and progress are affirmed
With populism the preference for localism and regionalism and the desire for conservative stability turn out to be the best environment for steady evolutionary progress, because good and bad genetic or cultural mutations can, in more stable societies, show themselves and be more quickly yet permanently incorporated. Biology is the current on which we are all carried.
One of the biggest errors in conservative philosophy has been the attack on the idea of "progress." It need not have been so. Both stable populism and evolving progressivism can be affirmed together when ethnocentrism, or group selection, is understood as a central trait of real human nature and evolution, more influential in survival and reproductive success than individual selection.