Posts Tagged ‘conservatism’

The illusions on which conservatives rely

There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome. – Fitzwilliam Darcy Our greatest strengths prove also our greatest weakness for, having found a way to explain our world, we then rely on it and by that nature exclude that…

What mainstream conservatives fail to understand

I avoid the sports pages because they are the officially approved method of administering the “opiate of the masses” to oneself, along with the rest of the media products that have no actual use in a healthy life. Occasionally however the sports pages produce something of interest because much like the audience for GamerGate, the…

Israel-Hamas conflict shows true nature of liberalism

It benefits those in power that people find it difficult to understand the nature of political categories. Left and right best serve power when blurred and overlapping so that people choose parties by issue, keeping constant conflict afloat while failing to ever resolve anything that might threaten power. How many people who you meet on…

The leisure imperative

Conservatives in the 1980s struck me as somewhat terrifying. They answered just about any question with “just work hard and get ahead.” Three decades on, I can see that they answered this way because they saw no solutions on the political front. The general idea was that society had gone to hell, so all we…

Wellbeing

Conservatism suffers when liberals attack because conservatism is forced into a defensive role. This occurs both because liberals carry with them an attitude that they are good and their opposition by reciprocal implication advocates bad, and because liberalism rests on a single issue: equality. This is a shift in quantity from what exists to a…

Conservatism is realism

It’s good to see people debating ideas with fire again. I see this on the breaking edge of the conservative front. But it also seems that confusion intrudes mainly because very few have anchored themselves to a taxonomy of ideas. For any field, there are only a few general approaches. Over time, hybrids emerge, but…

Rethinking 1776

Mrs. Powell: “Well, Doctor, what have we, a republic or a monarchy?” Dr. Benjamin Franklin: “A Republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.” Time has proven, Dr. Franklin, that we cannot keep our republic. The American Right will find it difficult to consider the unthinkable: that perhaps the Founding Fathers were wrong. This seems paradoxical…

What terrifies the right wing

The right-wing exhibits all the signs of a defeated group. They launch counterattacks, but do not expect them to succeed. Their highest goal — both aboveground and underground — seems to be to lessen the decline, or to hold out waiting for some magic future day when judgment comes. The aboveground Right formed of the…

The problem of passive aggression in far right personalities

Of the various forms of far-rightist, a personality type keeps emerging. It is not inherent to rightism, but rather to any marginalized belief that is also messianic. In this personality type, the mind becomes fixated on a perceived truth, for example the notion that The JewsTM control the world and are behind the downfall of…

Where Conservatism, Inc. went wrong

In the USA, we have three silos of political reasoning: Liberal, Conservative and conservative. Note the lowercase “c.” The main party of lowercase-conservatives is the GOP, which many refer to as being part of “Conservatism, Inc.” or those who profit from offering conservative opinions, stirring conservative rage, selling conservative products, and then losing elections or…

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