You call this conservative?

“Right,” if you include the political sense of the word, has two meanings. Leaders, and I use the term loosely, on the political right, recognize only the one:

The right simply instinctively says and does the binary, polar opposite of the left. The right does not operate from principle or position but from its own mob’s instincts and from dumb cultural inertia. The right has no idea what conservatism is and by now actually actively rejects much of the founding structural architecture, preferring a list of statism a mile long.

May we see that list?

Federal “social security” and MediCare/Aid medicine plus prescription drug plans; the nearly $1T welfare state as some permanent, arbitrary, political, “safety net” percentage of all expenditures; central schooling, the two-income household, and the resultant progressive national morality as a component of the former; a NASA fetish — which is socialism for scientists; personal income tax as “skin in the game”; untaxed corporatism and the central corporate oligarchy that studies show has nullified the individual’s voice in Congress in favor of laws actually written by its lobbyists; overt congressional graft and campaign recklessness — calling it “free speech”; central banking and the casino bank — the “investment bank” is its sanctified, pro-“capitalism” title; the holy primacy of the stock market, which really is stock buybacks and incredible Fed subsidies, along with algo trading, HTFs, and elite market access; the utter, cross-linked abyss of financial derivatives built thereon; progressive monetary policy, fractional reserve — because “there’s not enough money” — fiat reserve currency, and monetizing everything; the petro-dollar; endless foreign entanglements; militarism and military expansionism; the industrial war complex; military and war culture fetishism; veterans culture and its socialized expenses; militarized police, the surveillance state and sacrificing 4A for “safety”; and instinctively identifying about half of tax-funded public servants as HEE-roes because they wear a uniform.

And with the Right now occupying the Left’s territory, where is the Left going?

Exactly.

Walter Duranty! thou shouldst be living at this hour.

5 comments

  1. Holly H »

    12 February 2018 · 1:26 pm

    ….”a NASA fetish — which is socialism for scientists”

    I used to buy into the notion that space research should be pursued only AFTER we solve all of our earthly environmental problems. But Neil deGrasse Tyson convinced me otherwise. His argument– Venus, for example, at some point in ancient history, went out of control with a greenhouse effect. If we study it, maybe we’ll get some clues about how to avoid that here. Not to mention the wall-e scenario, that someday we’ll need to bundle ourselves off of this planet to let it rest and recuperate from our excesses. But that was only fiction…..right?

  2. McGehee »

    12 February 2018 · 4:10 pm

    The real reason for a space program includes words like Chicxulub.

  3. Holly H »

    13 February 2018 · 8:10 am

    McG, quit scaring me like that.

  4. Roger O Green »

    13 February 2018 · 8:40 am

    The current budget proposal, however one thinks of the choices, is not conservative. Massive changes, massive deficits.

  5. CGHill »

    13 February 2018 · 9:10 am

    Not even close to being conservative. (The increase in the deficit is an obvious disqualifier.)

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