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The Conservative Worldview
The last few years have helped me to realize what the conservative worldview is, what its foundational feature is. Calling it an ideology gives it too much credit. It is really a habit of mind. It boils down to this:
Powerful bigots should have all the power.
It surely isn't about personal liberty. American conservatives oppose government only when government challenges inequality. Conservatives are all for government oppression when they get to direct it at immigrants and minorities. Conservatives are all for big government when it means enforcing fundamentalism.
It isn't about liberty. It is about hierarchy. Conservatives instinctively support the powerful in any conflict. Conservatives believe that the powerful are better than the rest of us. Our duty, to them, is obedience.
Realizing this is what conservatism is all about helps us understand our contemporary political moment.
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth. -- IWW
In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged. -- Bertrand Russell
Let us strangle the last king with the entrails of the last priest. -- Denis Diderot
It's not that no one sees the straight line to Doomtown we've been on since Reagan, it's that there's big profits in it. The most superficially Christian and Other-Worldly-Yearning nation in the developed world is the one most likely to kill you for your shoes. -- Doghouse Riley
The true purpose of education is to try to foster in students a kind of critical cosmopolitanism, such that they learn, among other things, to question any notion that one’s nation or tribe is favored by God or destiny. -- Michael Bérubé
It is not enough to decry the existence of the Spectacle. We intend to use both art and theory as a battering ram against Capitalism and its false opposition, tribalism, in all of its mystical forms. We believe it is possible to move beyond the inexcusable savagery of everyday life. -- The Anti-Naturals
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