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    Conservatism of all sorts holds that some kind of ruling class intellectually and/or morally superior has to exist to hold the line against the animalistic feeding frenzy and plunge into degeneracy, both fueled by a wholly self-centered mentality.

    This view is, of course, based on a severe mischaracterization of democracy, as political theorists have always held that a healthy democratic government must also respect the human and civil rights of individuals, even to the point of placing some or all of the legal protections for those rights outside the reach of the legislative process.
    The problem is that precisely this kind of "X is good ... except all these times it's not, which coincidentally are all the times it harms us in some way" qualification is what conservatives think discredits the idea that "X is good".  The only principles they recognize are those that are held to be universally valid (for all peoples in all places and at all times) - because they emanate from "nature and nature's God" - and would not require any qualification to excuse failure, only more comprehensive implementation to eliminate it.  Hence "conservatism cannot fail; it can only be failed".

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 03:55:44 PM PDT

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