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  •  Conservatives are more than just traditionalists (1+ / 0-)
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    They are people who want society to be dominated by the traditional power structure.

    What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?

    From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the self-regarding thugs of ancient Rome to the glorified warlords of medieval and absolutist Europe, in nearly every urbanized society throughout human history, there have been people who have tried to constitute themselves as an aristocracy. These people and their allies are the conservatives.

    The tactics of conservatism vary widely by place and time. But the most central feature of conservatism is deference: a psychologically internalized attitude on the part of the common people that the aristocracy are better people than they are.

    Modern-day liberals often theorize that conservatives use "social issues" as a way to mask economic objectives, but this is almost backward: the true goal of conservatism is to establish an aristocracy, which is a social and psychological condition of inequality. Economic inequality and regressive taxation, while certainly welcomed by the aristocracy, are best understood as a means to their actual goal, which is simply to be aristocrats.

    More generally, it is crucial to conservatism that the people must literally love the order that dominates them. Of course this notion sounds bizarre to modern ears, but it is perfectly overt in the writings of leading conservative theorists such as Burke.

    So going by this definition, the conservative stances on abortion, guns, immigration, voting rights and taxes all make perfect sense, because they are all ways to ensure the continued domination of the "aristocracy" - the rich, white, male social order that dominates American society. Conservatives genuinely believe that these traditional power factions deserve to rule - in fact, if you go back to early conservatism it was literally based around arguing that democracy was a bad thing.
    •  Gee thanks (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the input, but I do not think most of the conservatives would agree with that definition, or would be surprised by it. But, then again, it seems that few read.

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