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What does conservatism mean to you? Not in terms of a definition per se, but in terms of how you relate to it. Is it a worldview that guides you to certain moral conclusions? Is it just a description of a general set of policy positions? Is it merely a reaction against or the negative of liberalism or socialism?
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It means pretending to be a patriot while trying to stop the majority of you nation getting decent healthcare, it means pretending to love your country while privatising its assets and handing them to foreign millionaires, it means pretending to be pro military while sending young men to die in pointless conflicts fighting people who pose no thereat whatsoever to your country.

In essence the most conservative of all traits is shameless hypocrisy.
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minivanburen wrote:That's not an especially helpful response.


As Pote said it is 100% accurate, the people who have done the most damage to my country are conservatives. In the past we used to have full employment, we used to be free to tell our bosses to fuck off on Friday and have a new job by Monday, we could earn enough from just one wage to feel a family and buy a home. The workers owned the homes, the electricity network, the gas network, we owned everything of any real importance. People were happy.

What do we have now? Nothing. The conservatives stabbed the whole county in the back and took everything away to give it millionaires in India and in China and in Europe. There is nothing a conservative hates more than his own countrymen, his actions prove it.
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Decky wrote:As Pote said it is 100% accurate, the people who have done the most damage to my country are conservatives. In the past we used to have full employment, we used to be free to tell our bosses to fuck off on Friday and have a new job by Monday, we could earn enough from just one wage to feel a family and buy a home. The workers owned the homes, the electricity network, the gas network, we owned everything of any real importance. People were happy.

What do we have now? Nothing. The conservatives stabbed the whole county in the back and took everything away to give it millionaires in India and in China and in Europe. There is nothing a conservative hates more than his own countrymen, his actions prove it.


I'm not disputing the merits of conservatism here; as a social democrat I of course find it to be a deplorable ideology. That said, I am interested in how conservatives relate to their ideology--is it a lens through which they view the world, merely a term that connotes a certain set of policies, or something else.
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Conservatism is to try and preserve old orders and traditions against change, or to take actions "conservatively" or carefully. The problem with this to my understanding is that as more time passes, just what is to be conserved gets confusing. It's usually irritating to people with bad family backgrounds since it is associated with families, although it's completely possible to be a conservative without a family.

Employment changes have to do with changes in technology, they aren't due to there being something fundamentally wrong with conservative outlooks.
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I doubt conservatism is really an ideology in itself, rather it is an attitude that anyone will take when the values, forms or beliefs that they like are challenged or attacked.

There is hardly anyone more conservative than a radical communist when someone criticises their ancient belief system.
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SolarCross wrote:I doubt conservatism is really an ideology in itself, rather it is an attitude that anyone will take when the values, forms or beliefs that they like are challenged or attacked.

There is hardly anyone more conservative than a radical communist when someone criticises their ancient belief system.


As an outlook perhaps; but in the United States it also refers to a set of policies which, if enacted, would drastically change the way our society works.
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minivanburen wrote:What does conservatism mean to you? Not in terms of a definition per se, but in terms of how you relate to it. Is it a worldview that guides you to certain moral conclusions? Is it just a description of a general set of policy positions? Is it merely a reaction against or the negative of liberalism or socialism?


Of course it depends on the context. "Conservative" dress or decor is something quite different than how sociopolitical conservatism is defined in 21st century America. But assuming that you were thinking of the latter with your question:

To me conservatism is liberty to be who and what you are so long as reasonable law and the rights of others are not violated. It is common sense societies organized and structured to allow both allow reasonable maximum liberty while reflecting the culture and values that a people wishes to have. Again the goal is not acceptance by others but rather the right to have the kind of society we wish to have.

Philosophically it is the ability to change what needs to be changed while preserving that which has served us well as a people. It puts results and consequences as more important than motive or method, and it looks to find what works and discontinue what does not and/or that produces unintended unacceptable consequences.

In America it is appreciation for and ability to know, understand, and learn from our history and the symbols of it, both the good and the bad as well as the value of common language, borders, culture. Conservatism understands that good laws and regulations are necessary for a country and the societies within it but these should be kept to what is absolutely beneficial and necessary to produce an orderly society that respects the rights of all.

And finally it is appreciation for the blood and treasure expended to adopt a Constitution that has produced the most free, most prosperous, more charitable, most beneficial to all nation that has ever existed on Planet Earth, and a belief that such Constitution limited all branches of the federal government to a narrow range of specific responsibilities. Everything above and beyond those responsibilities are unconstitutional.
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Conservatism to me is about backwards thinking. Just doing the things that ancestors did thousands of years ago and refusing to change. The saying, "If it ain't broke, why fix it?" phrase comes to mind. Having worked for some conservative companies I can say from experience that this type of company is hard for young generations of workers to survive in. Management is often inflexible and stiff, you either follow the old clumsy ways or you get pushed out the door.

The hypocrisy as mentioned in this thread, I agree. I used to be a Christian but once I realized in my teens that they didn't practice what they preached, then I turned away. They can say that honesty is important but if they expect to get away with lying to others, then I just can't get along with those types.

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