Every once in a while we come across something so very good that we ask permission to publish it here. In our humble opinion, anything good enough to read should be spread far and wide as much as possible.
So it is that this article came to us from the Great White North (that’s Canada for you non-American readers) and a person called arcangleous from Reddit.
Zeedox had read his article and shared it with us on our forum. I then asked him to ask permission to publish it here and arcangleous agreed.
To his credit, he also lists the video resources he watched to come up with this paper. It’s insightful, informative, and in many ways shocking. It explains a great deal of what we see happening today, not just in the United States, but world wide.
So without further ado, here is the article in it’s entirety:
It’s important to remember that Conservatism, as a political ideology (and this isn’t true in other contexts), was created in response to the French Revolution to protect the wealth and power of aristocrats and the existence of the Monarchy (Go read your Burke). All ideologies in the conservatism cluster believe that a strong social hierarchy is humanity’s natural state and will work to maintain or create their idealized social hierarchy. The core belief is that some people are better than others and deserve to have more, while others are worse, and deserve to have less. The differences between lay in who the place at the top of the hierarchy:
“Liberal” Capitalist Conservatives (Neo-Liberals, Libertarians and Objectivists) use wealth to determine position in the hierarchy. Remember that when we “vote” with our dollars, people with more dollars get more votes. It also lets them shift numerous political issues into the economic space, a sleight of hand which hides how they policies strip rights away from people. Believing the some people don’t deserve food or shelter seems less abhorrent when you say it as “those people need to take personal responsibility for how they wasted their money”. You cannot guarantee any rights and freedoms using a market because the only incentive that a market offers is profit.
Tories use blood-right to determine position in the hierarchy. If you were born an aristocrat, you are innately better than anyone else. When the only rich people are aristocrats, this is functionally identical to “Liberal” Capitalism and the problem of inherited wealth in a capitalism system often makes this happen.
Social conservatives use religious observance to determine position in the hierarchy. This is why social conservatives of many different faiths actual act in extremely similar ways. Compare radical Islam with extreme right-wing Christians. Both advocate and perform violence against those they feel violate their “moral” standards.
Fascists use racial identities to determine position in the hierarchy. Note that since “race” is an artificial social construction, it is quite possible to construct a racial identity around a national identity. This is how “Old Stock Canadian” becomes a code word for “White” and the idea that non-white Canadians are from somewhere else even if they were born in Canadian.
Misogynists use gender to determine position in the hierarchy and Homo- & Trans-phobes use sexual- and gender-identity to determine position in the hierarchy.
Totalitarians use obedience to the state to determine position in the hierarchy, ignoring any of the moral failings of the leadership, as “the state” is never wrong.
Any political group that allows Conservatives will always have to allow hatred and bigotry because at it’s core Conservatism is an ideology about creating divisions between people for political, economic and social gain. Tolerance for intolerance will always allow for the worse possible versions of those ideas to spread and grow. This is why the right includes so many “Free Speech Warriors”. Rather to attempt to actually defend their fundamentally immoral ideas, they defend their “right” to say them but it’s important to remember that right to speech isn’t a right to be listened too.
“Dumbshit Tinpot F#*&faces” is just “flowery” language for people who believe that they are better than you and believe they deserve more. They appeal to Conservative voters because they are willing to same and do things that confirm their beliefs. At it’s core, this is Trump appeal: He drop the euphemisms and straight out said all of the frankly awful things that Conservatives believe. Most of the push back in Conservative circles to “Trumpism” is Neo-Liberal realizing that they are losing the cloak of liberal language that they use to disguise their beliefs.Written by: arcangleous
Endnote 2: White Fascism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Luu1Beb8ng
The Alt-Right Playbook: Always a Bigger Fish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agzNANfNlTs
Endnote 3: The Origins of Conservatism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4CI2vk3ugk