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What is Conservatism, anyway?

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— Tony Wirebach, Berks County Patriots

 

Conservatism is the counter-point to anything politically “Liberal” or rather Statist, Collectivist, Fascistic … or the rash and typically irrational impositions of one faction of society against the consent of another …

 

Resistant to sudden change to previously accepted “traditional” moral standards.

 

Sympathetic to Law and Order, resistant to Legislative Anarchy or Bureaucratic Tyranny.

 

Reactive to TANGIBLE Threats to the Civil Society (such as Illegal Immigration or Islamic incursion);

 

Resistant to state-imposed “solutions” to INTANGIBLE or unproven Threats (like Anthropogenic Global Warming).

 

Sympathetic to Just Cause and Due Process;

 

Unsympathetic to rigid and dogmatic adherence to procedure at the expense of proper justice.

 

Moral Constraint, vs. brutal Tribalism…

 

For as long as there have been tribes, there have been chiefs; the primary quality that distinguishes a tribe from a disorganized group of autonomous individuals is the authority of the chief along with the “general will” of the majority over the consent of a minority or an individual. The Liberal mob and the charismatic demagogue who leads it will say “Let us do this!” and the individual says “But I don’t want to!” … to which the mob and it’s leader responds with unjustified force and violence. This is not a modern symptom of over-population, but rather a common thread binding the whole of humanity across the centuries.

 

Morality, or the acceptance of a transcendentally shared concept of values that governs humanity and it’s relationship to its environment, asserts the existence of VIRTUE and the claim that such standards supersede individual opinion (subjectivism) or political authority (authoritarianism) … in other words: an act that is or is not justified for one person cannot be justified for another person because of wealth, rank, or celebrity … it’s wrong for a stranger to steal from you; it’s no less wrong for the police or the president to steal from you. Conservatism holds that in THEORY this is true, even if, in practice, human behavior does not follow it; conservatism requires an informed and pragmatic understanding of human nature and free will.

 

To call a Conservative a “Skeptic” or “Denier” is not a pejorative, because morality demands rational skepticism and reasoned denial of state-imposed solutions that may cause more harm than good to perceived “injustice” in the eyes of the passionate mob and the politicians who pander to them.

 

Conservatism gets a “bad rap” for being regressive and “old-fashioned” … but then there is nothing so regressive as red-tape bureaucrats standing between opportunity and economic prosperity; nothing is so old-fashioned as people in power saying no “because I say so” … The most modern, and truly “progressive” political theory in the history of the world is the concept of limited political authority; of a presumption of some level of sovereignty for the individual against the will of the governing oligarchs of society — that there are rules for BOTH the citizen and the ruling class.

 

Conservatism and Capitalism go hand-in-hand … because what both really mean is Morally Autonomous Individuals pursuing their own interests and presumably only limited by the moral standards of human existence, rather than the arbitrary standards of local, state, or federal governments. Of course, criminals are autonomous, but not morally autonomous; and clergy — who may have an unfavorable view of Capitalism — can be moral, but are not autonomous where economic productivity is concerned. The wealth that is created that supports both church and state must come from the people as a whole. If 20th century managed economies are any proof, free, rationally-self-interested individuals are much more productive, prosperous, and generous than people chained to the assembly line by force of government.

 

Liberals claim: “but we have to have a managed economy, because, if we don’t, corporations will run amok over the little guy!” … But of course criminal enterprises exist in both managed, Western Economies and the rest of the world. What you don’t have is a vibrant middle class and upward mobility in Russia, China, South America, or the Middle East, in the absence of a stable, morally constrained free market. What gives bad corporations legal cover in a kleptocracy is a government that has the authority to block competitors of well-connected groups and individuals. When a business man peddles influence to a politician, the business man is guilty of corruption, but the politician is guilty of so much more: of using his or her political authority to violate the rights of tax payers, consumers, and other producers who should be able, in a presumably FREE society, to interact without undue legal, economic, or coercive influence from the state. The one is a petty criminal, the other is a tyrant.

 

Both conservatives and liberals believe that they are being “moral” (that is: doing what they think they OUGHT to do). I believe the difference lies in how each category views the individual in relation to the state: Conservatism views the individual more favorably than the state. Liberalism views the state more favorably than the individual — at least when Liberals are in office; Liberals generally think the individual is incompetent to manage his or her own affairs without state interference. There may be some small kernel of truth in either point of view, but when it comes to efficiency, cost, and virtue — liberalism fails on all fronts.

 

Conservatism promotes the idea that you should be free to make your own choices, but NOT be free from the consequences of your actions. We hold that you should have control over those choices — until those choices create a “moral conflict” that requires society to use just force in response to it. On the other hand, it seems the ONLY choice Liberalism confers upon “the people” is the absolutely unmitigated right to kill your own offspring; beyond that, all other choices are subject to the regulation and permission of the administrative state. Conservatism presumes a limited government of mediation between citizens; Liberalism presumes autocracy over infantilized subjects. Conservatism assumes that the people and the state should work together, by consent, and ONLY when necessary; Liberalism demands obedience of the people TO the state. Conservatism fosters equality and prosperity; Liberalism erodes freedom and creates scarcity. One is a political philosophy for Life; the other: Death.

 

In my mind, the only question with regard to Liberal policy is: if your ideas are so good for society, why must they be imposed by the force of law, and, by extension, the barrel of a gun?

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