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  •  You really nail it (7+ / 0-)

    "Conservatism" is remarkably coherent and consistent.  If one could find the "hidden document" where the real conservative goal is written it would read: "Seize the powers of the state to concentrate wealth and power into the smallest possible number of hands."  Their actions are astoundingly consistent at moving toward this condition.  Majorities will never support this perverse agenda so it is necessary to mobilize the manipulable, which is to say most people.  All the fear, smear, religion, abortion, race, culture-war, etc., nonsense it just rounding up the rubes to get them to comply with the slitting of their own throats.  If those issues didn't work the core conservatives would find something else.

    Liberals cooperate with this agenda by not naming it and by not countering it.  There is so much work to be done just to assemble the necessary arguments and policies but the first step is to start correctly framing conservatism.  The other stark necessity if for Liberals to recognize clearly just how sociopathic the conservative movement really is.  One deals very differently with an ignorant trespassers as opposed to the criminally insane.  

    The Long War is not on Iraq, Afghanistan, or Iran. It is on the American people.

    by Geonomist on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:09:39 PM PDT

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    •  That explains top level thinking (1+ / 0-)
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      but why do lower level average people follow that?  

      •  One reason for the average (4+ / 0-)

        person to follow conservative leaders is their personal fears are publicly confirmed by them in private by listening to the radio, TV or the internet.

        For every difficult question, there is an answer that is simple, easily understood and wrong.--H.L. Mencken

        by The Totalizer on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 05:04:02 AM PDT

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      •  Uneducated (2+ / 0-)
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        This is a populace that has no clue.  Given that anyone might follow anything. The diarist is right that there is a psychology to conservatives but it is a psychology shared with by anyone simply having absolutely no understanding of a subject. The bizarre results in politics are the same as what was experienced in cultures throughout history in other fields like medicine, building, farming etc. How did Columbus end up thinking he was in India?  How could doctors sell tobacco as good for your t-zone?

        The amazing advances we have made in other fields should not confuse us into thinking that somehow politics was raised up with them. Education is not a rising tide raises all boats. Our understanding of politics, and especially the average person's understand, has not advanced much since the time when people believed glass is a liquid

        Glass is not a high-viscosity liquid at room temperature: it is an amorphous solid

        Thomas Pynchon

        Ignorance is not just a blank space on a person's mental map. It has contours and coherence, and for all I know rules of operation as well.

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