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September 24, 2011

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SueMe

An excellent post, PM.

Robert Lipscomb

I believe that the Industrial Revolution led to a bifurcated world war (parts 1 and 2)(and Cold War) to settle how governments would manage economies.

This war led to a cultural revolution (civil rights, sexual revolution, marriage/divorce, church/state)in which minority values were no longer surpressed and in some cases became dominant. Many of these new values were enabled or championed by the federal government. So the old conservatives came to see themselves as oppressed by government which led to the "culture wars". Then came a Rovian mentality of 50% plus 1 vote ploitics.

The wealthy saw their opportunity and took it. They have used every trick to justify strangling the enemy (government) by reducing taxes that feed the beast. They just made sure that they received the lion's share of tax reductions.

All this led to a country where everyone feels like an oppressed minority - even the wealthy and powerful.

Ted Frier

So, why aren't you a conservative anymore, Ted? I get that question a lot.

The short answer is that I have always subscribed to the notion that conservatism is more about how you think about things rather than what you think, necessarily. The same goes for political parties.

Conservatism is a process rather than a destination, one guided by reason, observation and empirical evidence not conformance to some abstract and utopian religion or dogma.

In short, conservatism is an approach, a temperament, rather than a set of hard-and-fast, absolutist "conservative principles." Such an approach advances the timeless conservative mission of promoting social peace and harmony. But what I discovered over time is that everything I've said above also serves as a pretty good working definition of liberalism as well, once you take account of the priority which liberalism gives to the individual over the community, while the preference among conservatives is the other way around.

Yet, what passes for conservatism today couldn't be further from the ideal I have described above, with its toxic intolerance, its aggressive bullying, and its instinctive divisiveness. Modern conservatism is not a political philosophy or a source of policy at all, but an anti-social personality disorder.

caribbeanobserver

Hear,hear,ted. Well-put!

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