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  •  American vs. European conservatives (7+ / 0-)

    contemporary American and European conservatives:

    * Rejecting the social contract behind tax-financed social There are two fundamental differences b/w services is a mainstream position among American conservatives, but a fringe position among their European counterparts.

    * Rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change and evolution is a mainstream position among American conservatives, but a fringe position among their European counterparts.

    The first difference has its roots in the embrace of free-market fundamentalism among the American Right since the 1970s. The second has its roots in the religious fundamentalism that has been so much more prominent in the New World since all the way back to the beginning of European immigration. Europe exported its fundie sects to the New World for centuries. Over here, they became a much stronger current in mainstream culture than they ever had been in Europe. And again since the 1970s, conservatives have increasingly hitched their electoral fortunes to activating fundie voters. And so it's been All Aboard The Crazy Train for 40 years now.

    •  OK this one's from the department of randomized (8+ / 0-)

      editing - sorry ;-) Here's what I was trying to do:

      There are two fundamental differences b/w contemporary American and European conservatives:

      * Rejecting the social contract behind tax-financed social services is a mainstream position among American conservatives, but a fringe position among their European counterparts.

      * Rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change and evolution is a mainstream position among American conservatives, but a fringe position among their European counterparts.

      The first difference has its roots in the embrace of free-market fundamentalism among the American Right since the 1970s. The second has its roots in the religious fundamentalism that has been so much more prominent in the New World since all the way back to the beginning of European immigration. Europe exported its fundie sects to the New World for centuries. Over here, they became a much stronger current in mainstream culture than they ever had been in Europe. And again since the 1970s, conservatives have increasingly hitched their electoral fortunes to activating fundie voters. And so it's been All Aboard The Crazy Train for 40 years now.

      •  "Europe exported its fundie sects to the New... (6+ / 0-)

        ...World for centuries."

        You make an under-appreciated point. Religious insanity has never had the stigma here as in the Old World.

        For centuries, the sects cancelled each other out with their mutual paranoia and sectarianism. But the rich assholes funded an operation to bring them all together under televangelists and megachurches. Now, they add their lunacy together. They are a weapon of social destruction.

        Science denial is a vulture in a coal mine. The crazies have gotten their hands onto science funding; and they will ruin science. This Virginia spat is just one of the cockroaches running out in the light, because he is either bold or stupid. Which he is depends on how badly he gets stomped.

        To my thinking, he hasn't been stomped enough.

      •  I don't think the religious right is at the root (5+ / 0-)

        of the majority of climate change denial.  I agree that the religious right would be likely to resist the concept of climate change in any event.  However, I think it's clear that the assault on climate science gets it's power and viciousness directly from the people who are making millions from oil.  They see climate science as a threat to their ability to continue raking in those millions, so they will do anything they can to discredit global warming.  Since they own media outlets (e.g., Examiner papers in many cities), and fund both think tanks and bloggers (e.g., Watts of Wattsupwiththat), they can do quite a lot to spread disinformation and discredit the real science and real scientists.

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