Keep turning right

Everything in life is a cycle. We experience cycles as a kind of circle. Keep turning right, and you end up where you started.

The right could benefit from doing this.

As mentioned in other pieces, conservatives are fractured because they don’t know their own belief. They do not have a core statement or summary that explains not only what conservatism is, but why it is a good idea for others to adopt and join.

In the ensuing confusion, conservatism has become a mirror image of the dysfunctional society it seeks to reconstruct. Like our society, the right wing is torn in as many directions as it has members. Without a direction of its own, it allows itself to be defined by its opposition.

As for why self-identified conservatives were much less likely to trust science in 2010 than they were in the mid-1970s, Gauchat offered several possibilities. One is the conservative movement itself.

“Over the last several decades, there’s been an effort among those who define themselves as conservatives to clearly identify what it means to be a conservative,” Gauchat said.

“For whatever reason, this appears to involve opposing science and universities and what is perceived as the ‘liberal culture.’ So, self-identified conservatives seem to lump these groups together and rally around the notion that what makes ‘us’ conservatives is that we don’t agree with ‘them.’” – “Study: Conservatives’ trust in science has fallen dramatically since mid-1970s,” Science Blog

This applies not just to American conservatives, but European ones of all stripes. Since the French Revolution, they have realized that liberalism is massively more popular than conservatism. Their response has been to fight liberalism, instead of the harder way to strengthen conservatism.

When a belief turns away from refining itself and becoming more competent, and instead allows itself to be forced into a defensive role of us-or-you’re-wrong, it naturally becomes a cognitive dissonance endeavor. The game is no longer to win, but to be “right” especially if everyone else is “wrong.”

This is a binary endeavor: whatever they do, you avoid. It becomes knee-jerk and makes you easy to manipulate, and means that if they touch something that is true, you reject it along with all their crazy ideas.

In turn, this forces conservatism into an in-group. It is formed of people who agree on the Most Holy Truth (MHT). Others don’t understand the MHT, so the group trusts only itself. The only problem is that it will never grow. It stagnates and dies.

Conservatives must know the the audience we want tomorrow, not our people today. We don’t need to preach to the choir, but to recruit the people out there who we seek to help alongside ourselves. A sensible society lifts us all to greater heights.

This lifting occurs not just economically, but in our perception of ourselves and our value. When we are part of a morally healthy, logically sound and constructive social wave, we feel good about ourselves. We do better work and treat each other better.

That wave can only come from conservatism. Liberalism does not create a wave, except of destruction, because it pulls people apart by insisting on radical individualism. The individual comes first, before nature or its fellow citizens. The result is social chaos as everyone pulls in a different direction.

In one of life’s little ironies, the same thing that afflicts our politics also afflicts our science:

The editors of Infection and Immunity are sending a warning signal about modern science. Two editorials (1 and 2) published in the journal have given other biomedical researchers pause to ask if modern science is dysfunctional. Readers familiar with the state of academia may not be surprised but the claims have been presented today to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that level the following allegations:

‘Incentives have evolved over the decades to encourage some behaviors that are detrimental to good science’ and ‘The surest ticket to getting a grant or job is getting published in a high profile journal, this is an unhealthy belief that can lead a scientist to engage in sensationalism and sometimes even dishonest behavior to salvage their career.’ The data to back up such slanderous claims? ‘In the past decade the number of retraction notices for scientific journals has increased more than 10-fold while the number of journals articles published has only increased by 44%.’ At least a few of such retractions have been covered here.” – “Dysfunction In Modern Science?,” by timothy, Slashdot

Our society can crush your soul with the futility of its practice. We sell our disciplines to the highest bidders, then wonder why they are corrupted from within. We sabotage our own motivations with money, popularity and trends.

The right-wing can crush you with the futility of its dogma. It moves in a false circle: from dogma to its opposite and back again. Like the election cycle every four years. Nothing persists, nothing gets built. We uphold the system and not much more.

The right wing needs to grow in order to overcome the disproportionate popularity of liberalism. Liberalism will always be more popular since it is permissive, and because it assumes nothing can wrong with that, it provides an easy way to blame our problems on whoever is in authority at the time.

Conservatism needs to restyle itself as not a resistance movement, but a forward movement toward a different type of society. We cannot let liberals define the discourse and the solutions.

Instead, we must paint a picture for people of a new world, and extend our hands to invite them in, and restart the cycle in earnest once again.

19 Comments

  1. Jason says:

    I sometimes wonder if videos like this help:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5d0_1333168477

    Or, do people just shrug and do not link the degenerate behavior we can see everywhere online with liberalism?

    1. Esotericist says:

      Liberalism programs them to see that video and realize immediately that they can’t talk about what’s happening, but that they can gain “scene points” for making fun of anyone who does talk about what’s happening. I think I would just attack liberalism directly without getting race involved.

      By the way, what is “Sick Love Studios” and “Simrotica”? Do you use computer models to simulate erotica? That’s a brilliant idea, porn without actors. At some point I think robot and virtual sex will be more tempting than the real thing. You can’t get STDs and pregnancies from those.

      1. crow says:

        Not to mention all the emotional bondage that goes along with the real thing.

      2. Jason says:

        I’m going to sound like a cook, but…

        I originally had an idea for a dating simulator to show the consequences of how we date and fuck women. It was going to be a pornographic game that had a subtle message behind it by being able to interact with women and competing men in social situations.(A large variety of them)

        I have a model for how it would work and be easily monetized, but as I dated and educated myself more on modern society, I had a paradigm shift of beliefs! I had realized I was one of the many people just fulfilling my own selfish ends! I was a total prole! ( I still am in many ways, but I am working to correct it )

        What do we want out of a society? I imagine even if I find the feminine woman of my dreams who actually wants to be a good mother and wife, do I want to subject my offspring to the society we live in? Fuck no!

        So, I wrote a book on some of my experiences, mostly non-fiction with names changed and some fiction added in to help conceal the friends and women I’ve dated here in Vancouver. I hope to write a series of novels disguised as erotica but with a real message that questions why the fuck we continue even bothering to date in such a backwards, fucked up society. Literally I’ve written a tenth of my stories out so far, and I tried picking some of the most believable ones to put in the book.

        I hope that I can help guide younger men to seeking higher aspirations and demanding more from themselves and relationships. I know that my life is on a better path now that I’ve found other men who say “enough!”.

    2. Ouroboros says:

      Disgusting…

      1. crow says:

        But honest…

        1. Ouroboros says:

          I’m replying to the video.

          1. crow says:

            Lol :)
            Glad we sorted that out.

  2. Esotericist says:

    We’re going to need new conservatives. Watching Mitt Romney or Angela Merkel makes my skin crawl. These are people with no intention other than manipulating an economic system.

  3. crow says:

    The only thing conservatives need to do is make sense.
    It will automatically attract people who like things to make sense.
    If the vast majority prefer madness, there’s really not much that can be done about that.
    Be calm, strong, honest and true.
    The result will speak for itself.
    Or not.
    You can’t render the insane, sane, by way of reason.

    1. crow says:

      I often wonder what it is we are doing here, at Amerika.
      On the face of it, it really is like ‘preaching to the choir’.
      But I’ve come to see it like this:
      In a crazy society that applies relentless pressure to make its members ever more crazy, we keep the flame of reason burning.
      Without a baseline, a reference of what sanity is, we might all slip gradually into catatonic acquiescence.
      We help keep each other healthy.
      And that’s a worthy undertaking.

      1. I see it this way: conservatives exist by gut feeling, which is imprecise, and we need unity on the right to figure out what we believe and separate it from what others tell us that we believe. Then we need to zero in on those common principles and translate them into a series of graduating platforms that get us closer to a conservative ideal. Little steps. Starting with accord and consensus.

    2. Esotericist says:

      I don’t agree.

      I mean, I agree, except with the word “only”.

      Conservatives need to start by making sense.
      Then they need to make that sense clear.
      Then they need to make it sexy.

      What they cannot do is make it an external ideology like liberalism is, a moral obligation. Yet that’s what they try to do! They are imitating the liberals because they assume the method of the liberals got them ahead, not realizing it’s the message. Liberalism is brain candy. It feels like thought, but it is not. It feels like doing the right thing, but it is not. It feels good because other people like it, and so very few realize how destructive it is.

      None of us were born conservative. We didn’t know we needed to be conservative. But then we see the alternative and conservatism looks like sweet freedom, common sense, and love of life itself

      1. crow says:

        I hold that all of us were born conservative.
        It is the natural state, to deal directly with what is around us, without pretending it is something it is not, then dealing with the fantasy version, as leftists do.
        Children inhabit fantasy realms, but why do they do that?
        I say they do it because they see adults doing weird and incomprehensible things, and so inhabit a scenario that makes more sense and is more fun, for them.
        I say, too, that children only start inhabiting these fantastic realms, once they mature to the point where they can form the opinion that adults are mad.
        I speak only from my own experience, here: my parents were definitely mad :)

  4. crow says:

    It’s amusing, really, that leftists call their madness ‘progressive’.
    It’s a progressive madness.
    Leftism actually shuts down a society.
    Only think, speak, and act, inside this officially-approved box.
    Know nothing more than is already known, by ‘science’.
    Get all your beliefs and convictions, second-hand.
    Never again have an original thought. Far less, a revelation.
    If you deliberately set out to make your society extinct, you couldn’t do a better job than leftism does.
    It stops society, dead in its tracks, and feasts from its own carcass.
    Now that’s ugly.

    1. Jason says:

      What we need is, a method to convince people of their own folly that is easily digestible.

      The liberal women I’ve known are so emotionally motivated that they are completely blind to any sort of facts or reason. If we had video of Trayvon attacking Zimmerman first and pummeling him for 2 minutes solid, wrestling over the gun, and by miracle Zimmermand shooting Trayvon and surviving, the women I know would still say he’s innocent. They’d claim that he was justified because he was racially profiled. Indeed, even if there were a dozen witnesses that said Trayvon attacked him first and nearly beat him to death, I would bet my life that the women I know and have known would stick steadfast with their beliefs that because Trayvon was profiled, he had the right to attack Zimmerman.

      I swear, I want to move out of the city, buy farmland, and start becoming self-sufficient before it’s too late.

      1. crow says:

        Gulf Islands, for you, young fella :)
        Too many leftists here, by far.
        It would be nice to address that.
        Still, I heard, just today, from an ex-hippy that lives on the so-called ‘sunshine coast’, that Sechelt and the surrounding area is quite conservative…

  5. Time Curator 23 says:

    “Their response has been to fight liberalism, instead of the harder way to strengthen conservatism.”

    Nice. This is in line with the wise “freedom through self-rule” idea:

    Just as one should rule their own inner soul before their outer world, one should improve, clarify, and strengthen their own political preference/party before criticizing the opposite.

    Yes, criticism of the opposite/outside/other is always needed, but a primary focus on criticism suggests a weakness within…..

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