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Wed May 16, 2012, 08:26 PM

Why Do Conservatives Hate Freedom?


Why Do Conservatives Hate Freedom?

by Michael Lind (Salon) at alternet.org

Since World War II, mainstream conservatives have opposed every expansion of personal liberty in the United States.

May 15, 2012 |

http://www.alternet.org/story/155443/why_do_conservatives_hate_freedom?akid=8788.287485.oUA8ZB&rd=1&t=12


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Why do conservatives hate freedom? The question may be startling. After all, don’t conservatives claim they are protecting liberty in America against liberal statism, which they compare to communism or fascism? But the conservative idea of “freedom” is a very peculiar one, which excludes virtually every kind of liberty that ordinary Americans take for granted.

I distinguish conservatives from libertarians, who, on issues of personal liberty, tend to side with liberals. Since World War II, mainstream conservatives have opposed every expansion of personal liberty in the United States.

During the civil rights era, the leading conservative politician, Barry Goldwater, and the leading conservative intellectual, William F. Buckley Jr., along with most of their followers opposed federal laws banning racial discrimination. To their credit, they later admitted they had been mistaken; indeed, both Buckley and Goldwater supported gay rights late in their careers. But at the time that conservative support for a color-blind society might have made a difference, the leaders of American conservatism sided with the Southern segregationists. They claimed they did so, not because of racial prejudice, but because they feared federal tyranny — a weaselly stance that, in practice, made them side with white supremacist tyranny at the state level. If they had truly believed in their own propaganda about federalism, conservatives could have opposed federal civil rights legislation while campaigning for civil rights laws at the state level. They didn’t.

The civil rights revolution was followed by the sexual revolution. Here again, conservatives, as distinct from libertarians, were on the side of government repression. The mainstream conservative movement opposed the legalization of contraceptives and abortion. In this case, unlike in the case of civil rights, the American right did not even pretend to have constitutional reasons for opposing Supreme Court decisions like Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965 (which struck down state bans on the use of contraception, including by married couples) or Roe v. Wade in 1973 (which struck down state bans on most abortion). The mainstream right simply argued that conservative Christian beliefs about sexual morality should be incorporated into law. In other words, the very conservatives warning us about the dangers of “mobocracy” when it came to the welfare state had no objection to using the power of government to force their fellow citizens to live their private lives according to the teachings of Thomas Aquinas or the Book of Leviticus, as interpreted by semi-literate Southern Protestant preachers.


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2012, 08:30 PM

1. And like I've said before "Occupy" was a release of people to speak their truths against the

'reality' imposed on them from the hierarchies.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Wed May 16, 2012, 08:34 PM

2. Conservative

 

They can't help it- they are afraid of change.


Home > Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary
(kən-sûr'və-tĭv)
adj.
Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit.
Moderate; cautious: a conservative estimate.
Of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism.
Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement.
Conservative Of or belonging to the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom or the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada.
Conservative Of or adhering to Conservative Judaism.
Tending to conserve; preservative: the conservative use of natural resources.
n.
One favoring traditional views and values.
A supporter of political conservatism.
Conservative A member or supporter of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom or the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada.
Archaic. A preservative agent or principle.
conservatively con·ser'va·tive·ly adv.
conservativeness con·ser'va·tive·ness n.


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2012, 08:39 PM

3. Herd animals like to conform to an accepted norm, following the rules put forth.....

by their 'alpha beings'.
Personal freedom weather religious, artistic, sexual or whatever frightens the hell out of them.
After all are they not rugged individualists?

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2012, 08:55 PM

4. Why do they hate America, and children?

 

I could go on...

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2012, 08:57 PM

5. Because there's no money in it for them.

War is more profitable than peace.
Debt is more profitable than solvency.
Pollution is more profitable than environmentalism.
Keeping insurance premiums is more profitable than paying out insurance benefits.
Commercial art is more profitable than non-commercial art
Tax breaks are more profitable than taxes.
Fewer regulations are more profitable than more regulations.
Homelessness and unaffordable housing is more profitable than affordable housing.

...Especially when you have the political power to make it all legal.


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Wed May 16, 2012, 09:10 PM

6. +1

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