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  •  "Conservative" isn't a very useful term (1+ / 0-)
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    It can and does refer to and mean so many things to so many people as to be like calling something "good" or "better"--a subjective standard that doesn't stand up to serious scrutiny.

    I have a certain amount of respect for classical, Burkean conservatism, and for "conservatism" as a way of approaching certain things in a "do no harm, look before you leap and if it ain't broke don't fix it" sort of way. These seem to be reasonable to me. But conservatism that is really reactionism, regression or repression by another name, or parasitic and sociopathic corporatism calling itself conservatism, I have no use for, and don't really consider them to be conservatism at all, but ideological cover for organized theft and oppression.

    One of our challenges is to retake the ideologic ground and recast our true ideologic debate as being between progressive liberalism and classic conservatism, and let the crazies and corporatists fightit out for the scraps. I.e. between two different views of freedom, justice, fairness and equality and the proper role and scope of government in securing them.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 01:39:39 PM PDT

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    •  I really like this comment a lot. (1+ / 0-)
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      If you ever write a diary about this, send me a kosmail, and it's got my Tip and Rec.

      I think you're spot on here.

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 01:42:14 PM PDT

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      •  I have such a long backlog of diary ideas (1+ / 0-)
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        in my head I'm afraid I'll never get started on any of them. Between being an anal-retentive perfectionist and dreading the inevitable need to "babysit" my diaries to respond to comments, I keep putting them off. But I'll certainly keep you in mind if I ever diary this or a related topic.

        And thanks for the kind compliments. :-)

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 04:46:37 PM PDT

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    •  good point about that fuzzy term n/t (0+ / 0-)

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