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Pushed To The Left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:15 PM
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Social conservatism: It's all about $$$$
I have said many times that all of us here have a common enemy in the radical right, and we need to band together to defeat them. Many of us are wondering why America has moved so far to the right. Anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-civil liberties, pro-censorship, etc. The right wing uses religion to push it's regressive agenda. However, I don't think religion is the real culprit here. I think it just might be the almighty dollar.

One example of this is the alliance of libertarians and the religious right. On the one hand, I think those of us who oppose the right should follow this example of sticking together against a common enemy. However, I think it's appalling that the Bush-voting libertarians chose the almighty dollar over their core values of small government and personal freedom. They should have banded together with US! I think the right wing received a lot of socially moderate-to-liberal votes from people who only cared about $$$$. They handed over civil rights and civil liberties in exchange for the almighty dollar.

As far as the true social conservatives, I think they too are influenced by $$$$, directly or indirectly. Most regressive social policies seem to put money in the pockets of some powerful people. The drug laws protect oil companies and pharmaceutical companies from competition. Hemp can be an alternative form of fuel, and marijuana grown in somebody's backyard isn't profitable for big corporations. Arresting drug users and filling up the prisons with them is profitable for those who build prisons. If gay marriages or civil unions are recognized, then they will have benefits that might cost employers $$$$$$.

Of course, another reason for social conservatism is that the right wing manipulates people of faith into voting against their own self-interest. They will get them worked up about gay marriage, abortion, dirty words, etc. so they will forget about the issues that really affect them. If religious people are manipulated into voting against their own self-interests, then people in power will profit! That's the goal of conservatism: People in power profiting.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:20 PM
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1. nice analysis: note that Ayn Rand made a virtue out of selfishness,
so many of the "libertarians" are done for
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American Tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:23 PM
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2. It's also about authoritarianism. Control.
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Pushed To The Left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:38 PM
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3. Yes!
The right wing hates the idea of freedom and equality. They want the people in power to become even more powerful and dominant, and for those not in power to become even less powerful and more subserviant. It's all about power. Money = power in the "free market".
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