Throughout history, the greatest thinkers and innovators considered themselves “liberal,” while those stubbornly trying to preserve older ways, that actually thwarted greater liberty, equality and justice, were “conservative.”
Do a little research and you’ll see for yourself that there have been very few “conservative” heroes in world history. The great individuals and movements that the entire world still reveres today are liberal in orientation, always trying to knock down established “traditions,” that, in fact, were bad traditions.
Conversely, it is the “conservative” ideology that sought to conserve those bad traditions.
Conservatism throughout history has been the opponent of not just progress… but of liberty, equality and justice, as well.
One way to understand the vast chasm between liberal and conservative ideologies is to consider the general world-view that each side holds. Liberals have evolved to believe that we are one human family, all in this together, most (but not all) of us good-hearted, and that we should try to love and help each other where we possibly can. For liberals, it’s one for all, and all for one. Liberals really do believe in We the People.
Conservatives? Not so much. They are selfishly oriented, with a “we against the world” mentality. They believe that most of the people in the world are evil and out to get them, so they maintain strict barriers between themselves and all “others.”
It is because of the general support of both confirmed and proud liberals, true independents, as well as FauxCons (“moderate conservatives“ by their own definition, but in reality, fake and inauthentic) that the arc of history over the past 300 years has tilted dramatically toward liberal ideology, pushing aside many age-old conservative traditions and institutions.
This website aims to reach both liberals who are seeking a fuller understanding and grounding of their own ideology, and FauxCons, who are generally open to the rational truth. FauxCons are not only the largest contingent of people thinking of themselves as “conservative,” they are the most important… simply because they are less rigid in their thinking than the other types of conservatives. In a democratic governmental process, they can easily swing an election one way or the other.
It is true that FauxCons can be politically apathetic. Often they don’t pay that much attention to politics and social issues; they’re too busy leading their lives. They are not always as well informed as they should be on the issues (including, importantly, the real differences between liberals and conservatives). And they, like all of us, are susceptible to having their emotional strings plucked by what we have to endure under the leadership of both the DA and ANC in the Western Cape. These are the reasons they sometimes swallow the myths and distortions that the loud conservative machine spews out.
To reach true conservatives is a daunting task which leaves you normally in a state of total demoralization.
“Conservatives” come in all shapes and stripes, sizes and styles. You may even think of yourself as a conservative. You may define conservative as being prudent, frugal, perhaps “All-South African” or “middle-of-the-road.” You may think “conservative” means believing in small government, low taxes, a strong defense and “traditional” values. If so, you are very confused about what a “conservative” really is.
Being prudent, frugal, religious, moderate, middle-of-the-road, and/or “All-South African” is not what makes a political conservative. Not in the least. Liberals can also be all of these things. These are common sense and virtuous ways of living. Liberals also want a small government and low taxes; the smallest and lowest we can have and still maintain a modern, fair and just society.
As for supporting “traditional” values, yes, liberals are up to that too… as long as they are real, universal values and not just snowy old customs or obsolete or unfair institutions.
Why can’t you sell a conservative a new idea, or an unfamiliar move towards a goal? “It is their code that makes the members of the group feel as one,” “They are disgusted, angered, delighted and shamed by the same things. The unanimity of their visceral response is what provides the powerful sense of collective identity. It makes them feel and think as a tribal us, in contrast to those tribes who are not disgusted by what disgusts us, or made angry by what makes us angry, and who feel no shame at what we think of as shameful. A tribe that shares a powerful visceral code that inhibits the natural tendency of the individual to self-assertion will present a united front against its enemies.”
People must insist on the right to say no, to be alone, to stand out from the herd. Creative persons can say all this in their own way and in their own field, by hard, rigorous work. You just never give up, no matter how hard the challenges are, and observe this world with a healthy dose of criticism and don’t just follow the herd like somebody else might do.
We have no organ at all for knowledge, for ”truth”: we ”know” (or believe or imagine) precisely as much as may be useful in the interest of the human herd.
“Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche”
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