Conservatives Do Not Understand The Left

Conservatives do not understand Leftists, in part because conservatives do not understand conservatism.

Let us venture back to the French Revolution, after which the modern definitions of Right and Left became known. The Left had won and overthrown the kings, and France tried to reconstitute itself around the new political assumptions. The Right formed of those who realized things had been better before but were willing to compromise with the new idea.

The Left exists for egalitarianism, or the idea that everyone is equal. This arises from The Enlightenment™ idea that all people possess reason, which means equal reason, which means that we no longer require a hierarchy based on who has the most reason, but can instead sort out problems as a mob.

Leftism can be translated then into the idea that we need no hierarchy, and instead, that every person is a god of his own creation. The individual is supreme above the order of nature, a need to strive toward divinity, and even social standards and culture. Egalitarianism is a cult of the ego and it displaces everything else because it is addicting to human minds.

Back in the post French Revolutionary days, however, conservatives made a fatal decision: instead of resisting the Left outright, they would compromise with it, and retain their own methods but adopt the Leftist goal of egalitarianism. In doing so, they invalidated their methods, which were based not on human individuals but results for civilization as a whole.

In other words, conservatives became liberals because they could not reconcile the need for a society of time-proven solutions with the new and infectious viral meme of egalitarianism.

This leads to the type of utter confusion that blights the modern conservative mind:

The Conservative upholds some obvious and self-evident good thing, like equality or property rights. The Progressive, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, promotes an idea that it the diametric opposite of the first idea, such as elitism or communal rights, and then merely calls the first idea by the opposite of its true name.

The argument at that point becomes an argument of metaphysical philosophy, or an argument of worldview. But the worldview of the conservative is the Christian worldview, which is why they believe in things like the equality of man, the rule of reason, and the law of identity.

No conservative should endorse equality. Further, conservatives need to recognize that property rights are a means to an end: the health of the civilization and, through it, the best chance of the individual for leading the best possible life. Anything else is confusing the tool for the goal.

When conservatives endorse equality, freedom, liberty and individualism they are unknowingly becoming servants of the Left. Those are at best intermediates, or steps to the end of a healthy society which enables the individual to live a good life without interference from the insane. The best societies reward the good, and ignore or punish the bad, including the insane, unhealthy, delusional and egotistical.

Conservatives do not understand the Left. It is best to view them as computer programs out of control, with all of their instructions supplanted by a single pathological goal: advance equality. They do not care about consequences, decency, or the future of the nation. They would rather achieve their ideology and immediately perish in flames than postpone it.

When conservatives adopt any part of the Leftist, or egalitarian, ideology, they turn into similarly programmed beings. Reality must be subjugated to the needs of ideology. This makes them essentially insane, or oblivious to inputs from the world around them, satisfied only by their internal sensation at the idea of ideology. In this way conservatives become Leftists without knowing it.

The essence of conservatism is time-proven truth, or consequentialism, which favors a certain type of society that is totally alien to what we have now. But reality it is what it is; we must work for this “impossible” goal or become assimilated by the insanity around us, and while that seems harsh, becoming ideological zombies is far worse.

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13 Responses to “Conservatives Do Not Understand The Left”

  1. Jay says:

    The only thing you have right here is that equality is the antithesis of freedom. The equality of the French Revolution was the antithesis of our Revolution freedom.

    Our government was designed by and for people of Christian mores. Equality didn’t have a thing to do with it. And is why it is not working now.

  2. Avraham Rosenblum says:

    The original Enlightenment philosophers wanted to take power from kings and priests and give it to the intellectuals, not the common man. The whole common man thing was really Rousseau, not John Locke. And Hobbes especially thought the common man is a beast.
    The attack on the Enlightenment (which began right after it began with an author by name Jonathan Swift) specifically attacked this elevating of intellectuals and made a whole satire on it.

  3. Avraham Rosenblum says:

    I think I understand the Left. I spent a good deal of time studying that stuff. From what I can tell they are intent on holding power. I do not think anything will stop the NY Times or the rest of the media but to arrest them and put them on trial for treason and attempt to subvert the legitimate government of the USA

  4. Anonymous White Male says:

    I don’t like to reference movies as a source of wisdom, but there are definitely some gems in the movie universe. I think the following from Men in Black summarizes your contention that liberalism believes we can sort things out as a mob:

    “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it”.

    The French Revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution showed that ignorant low lives would not make the correct decisions with public policy. The liberal believes the masses are wise enough to do so. Well, they don’t really believe that, as you can see from their current reaction to Trump’s presidency. Sure, you give the scum of the earth the right to validate liberal idiocracy, but if they don’t make the correct decision, you are forced to intervene on their behalf. A true conservative believes that the masses have to have rules imposed on them in any contractual agreement, for example, a Constitution. Once the rules are agreed upon and the contract enacted, the rules should be adhered to so that there is minimal upheaval in society. For instance, you don’t impose something on the citizenry that is in opposition to the rules accepted in the contract. An example would be allowing anyone in the world to be a “potential” American. This negates the right of the citizenry and gives a “potential” American more rights than the Posterity of the signers of the contract.

    A true conservative believes that the success of a society is based on the past. A liberal believes that society is propositional and the contract is a “living document” that is constantly in need of altering, whether or not the majority of the citizenry agree with them or not. Liberals gain control of the media, education and religion, tell fairy tales, like gender fluidity and the equality of all humans, which they raise the young on in the educational and religious establishments, and control the outcome of the dialetic by controlling both sides of the argument. This destroys the stability of the society that has existed, usually successfully, and provides shocks to the society which can be further exploited. Modern liberals are no different than the Catholic Church during the Protestant Reformation. They knew best because the Pope, who represented God (Ha ha ha), told them so and if a Protestant had to be killed to save his soul, well, he should be grateful, since the church knew what was best for him.

  5. Wilson says:

    So Conservatives were really just Cuckservatives from the get go because they’re all about just bending over and taking it from the left.
    The so-called Enlightenment was a lie all along.

    • The Enlightenment™ was always a lie. Any time you hear the notion that people are equal, you know that someone is lying. Equality is the tool of the salesperson, not the realistic thinker.

      • Asian Reactionary says:

        I’ve heard equality called the Noble Lie. I like that notion. Its a pleasant concept for many. Its still a lie.

  6. Gunnar von Cowtown says:

    “When conservatives adopt any part of the Leftist, or egalitarian, ideology, they turn into similarly programmed beings.”

    This stands to reason, as right vs. left in America for the past 50 years has essentially been “classical liberalism” vs. “pozzed liberalism”.

    • Any notion of egalitarianism becomes full Leftism over time. Leftism is matters of degree; classical liberalism is the mildest, but it is essentially Communism Lite. The only way to escape Leftism is to escape all of it, because any part that we tolerate quickly becomes a lot more.

  7. Fitz says:

    I have been a traditionalist conservative and Roman Catholic (and Jew) my whole life. I used to think our “liberal” social order salvageable but have come to believe that it requires a reorientation along authoritarian lines and practical upkeep by Godly elites.
    Chesterton said “As much as I ever did more than I ever did I believe in liberalism” “there was a rosy day in my youth when I believed in liberals”

  8. Fitz says:

    Rosenbaum (said) – I think I understand the Left. I spent a good deal of time studying that stuff. From what I can tell they are intent on holding power. I do not think anything will stop the NY Times or the rest of the media but to arrest them and put them on trial for treason and attempt to subvert the legitimate government of the USA

    A philosophy professor of mine said (circa 1991 – referencing Horkheimer ) – ” We don’t care that we are sitting on the veranda of the hotel abyss just as long as were running the hotel”

    This is essentially what Richard Rorty was pitching in Contingency Irony and Solidarity during the all-important re-orientation after the wall fell.

  9. missy says:

    I’m not sure the left thinks of it as equality. To them, it is altruism. They want to help others. They don’t really think other races are equals, hence they want to “help” them. The egotistical great white savior. They want to “help” the poor because they pity the poor. They do not think they are equals. If they did, they would not think they needed the great savior to help them. An experiment was done and it proved that the left thinks we shouldn’t have voter ID laws because they think blacks are incapable of having identification and taking it with them to vote. If they hear a black school is failing, the great white savior immediately asks, “what can we do to fix this problem”? They can fix any thing and any one. If you really want proof that they don’t think we are equal, notice where they live – with white people. They are hubris, the egotistical great white savior. High on altruism, drunk on idealism.
    Big life lesson, people can not be saved or helped, they must help themselves or the outcome is temporary.

  10. Dr. Evil says:

    I agree. The libs want to make the whole planet into one giant concentration camp, so that we can all be equally impoverished. Little do they know that only their elite rulers will lord over us, and 99.999 percent of the population will simply be pawns.

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