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  •  I Don't Think There's Been Any Solid Rational (2+ / 0-)
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    Tam in CA, G2geek

    foundation for conservatism since the 50's when it was what we'd call liberal today. Not in philosophy, not in economics, not in defense, or international relations, or religion and culture.

    As for collectivism: Just glance at a human--you're looking at an animal with some 10 million years' history on the same basic body plan, every minute of which it's lived in troupes as a social animal. It's awash in drives for altruism toward other individuals and deference of the individual to community. It's obviously a collectivist species, and all traditional cultures are full of mechanisms to support and nuture community.

    The notion that it's basically individualistic except for nuclear families would be beyond idiotic if it weren't a formal purposeful lie.

    There has been nothing important I've seen about any aspect of conservatism that doesn't reduce to being purely a set of excuses for policies that ultimately hand over society to a tiny super rich authoritarian elite. None of it actually works as claimed by the propaganda.

    That's why one of the very earliest moves of the rightwing revolution, 45 years ago or more, was to recruit and mobilize evangelicalism. That's a branch of Christianity wedded to magical partnering with the supernatural. As an authority-revering, reality-denying institution, it delivered the essential obedient populist base that is raised to reject what it sees before its own eyes. And it like conservatism cherry-picks what it accepts and denies from its own sources, so reality-denying that it denies that it denies what of its sources it denies.

    A thought about the evangelicals occurred to me today. I grew up in the region of Megachurch #1, or certainly one of the very very first, the 1950's Cathedral of Tomorrow led by the pastor who later officiated at Elvis' funeral. I believe he became the first televangelist or the first on a major network's station.

    In those days broadcast evangelists were engaged in constant faith-healings. Some time this week as I was reflecting on the deep and broad magicality of evangelicalism, it suddenly occurred to me that the faith healings had mostly disappeared.

    My hypothesis is that when rightwing powers began allying with evangelicals, they may well have urged them to put that practice behind them in order to be able to grow out into the mainstream middle class population. Faith healings would leave too much evidence of failure in the eyes of a public that was being gradually drawn in. Communing with the Lord, by contrast, feeling guided and such, can be claimed and nobody can trip over evidence that it's not true.

    How we got here? It's been well documented, it's been a project of both major parties for almost 40 years and the rightwinger forces for another 5 or maybe 10. Methodically tacking against the winds of progress with a deregulation here, a dog whistle there, a rollback of citizens rights, an expansion of private power rights, year after year after year. And all of it obscured by the greatest propaganda machine in human history.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 05:18:07 PM PDT

    •  very interesting: (0+ / 0-)

      It's well documented that the economic right-wing sought the alliance with the religious right-wing in order to gain a voting base.  

      But what you said about trading off faith-healing (which was falsifiable) for generic religious claims (which are subjective and therefore not falsifiable), is very interesting.  It provides a plausible mechanism by which right-wing religious beliefs could overcome one of their more visible flaws and gain wider acceptance.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 10:52:27 PM PDT

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