Conservatives


Conservatives are traditionally defined as those who want to keep things the same - "laissez faire." They are referred to as "right wing" and are usually interested in business success and self-reliance.


"Historically, conservatism in the United States has meant support for small government, balanced budgets, fiscal prudence, and great skepticism about overseas adventures..." (Eyal Press. "Even Conservatives Are Wondering: Is Bush One of Us?" The Nation, May 31, 2004: 11).


A definition of Conservative

The Conservative Action Score for a member of Congress is calculated as percentage of a slate of possible conservative actions that were actually taken by that member. The conservative standard for judging bills is defined according to these conditions:

> Disregard for constitutional protections of American civil liberty

> Secrecy and exclusion of citizens from government

> Support for discriminatory policy

> The symbolic denigration and practical undermining of science and education in America

> Active harm to the environment or passive allowance for environmental destruction

> Pursuit of further advantage for those in America who are already its richest

> Dismissal of peaceful alternatives and submission to the interests of the military-industrial complex

(Taken from the website That's My Congress, 8/6/14)


"...the Bush administration... has forsaken the guiding principles of conservatism --prudence, caution, restraint -- to pursue an agenda that is messianic and radical" (Eyal Press. "Even Conservatives Are Wondering: Is Bush One of Us?" The Nation, May 31, 2004: 11).


The divided United States (Ad for The Great Divide, a book by John Sperling):

- Conservative: The South, the Great Plains, the Mountain West and Appalachia
- Liberal: The Northeast coast, the West coast and the Great Lake States.

- Conservative: 35% of the population and 50 senators.
- Liberal: 65% of the population and 50 senators

- Conservative: Subsidized extraction industries, agriculture, oil, gas, coal and forestry and majority of military installations
- Liberal: Non-subsidized manufacturing, financial services and information industries.

- Conservative: pays 29% of federal taxes
- Liberal: pays 71% of federal taxes

- Conservative: From 1991 to 2001, received $800 billion more in goods, services and cash from Washington than it paid in taxes.
- Liberal: From 1991 to 2001, paid $1.4 trillion more in taxes than it got back in goods, services and cash.

- Conservatives: Nobel Laureates in science and economics: 23
- Liberals: Nobel Laureates in science and economics: 235


The divided United States (Ad for The Great Divide, a book by John Sperling):

- Conservative: The South, the Great Plains, the Mountain West and Appalachia
- Liberal: The Northeast coast, the West coast and the Great Lake States.

- Conservative: 35% of the population and 50 senators.
- Liberal: 65% of the population and 50 senators

- Conservative: Subsidized extraction industries, agriculture, oil, gas, coal and forestry and majority of military installations
- Liberal: Non-subsidized manufacturing, financial services and information industries.

- Conservative: pays 29% of federal taxes
- Liberal: pays 71% of federal taxes

- Conservative: From 1991 to 2001, received $800 billion more in goods, services and cash from Washington than it paid in taxes.
- Liberal: From 1991 to 2001, paid $1.4 trillion more in taxes than it got back in goods, services and cash.

- Conservatives: Nobel Laureates in science and economics: 23
- Liberals: Nobel Laureates in science and economics: 235


"...the great truths of conservatism, I.E., "government [is] the problem not the solution; the social contract [is] a dead letter; the free market [is] the answer to every maiden's prayer"" (In Fact. The Nation, Oct. 11, 2004: 6).


A Summary of Philosophies and Terminology

The author sums up the opposite philosophies by contrasting their terminology in the following way (George Lakoff. Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: 94):
PROGRESSIVES CONSERVATIVES
Stronger America STrong Defense
Broad Prosperity Free Markets
Better Future Lower Taxes
Effective Government Smaller Government
Mutual Responsibility Family Values


"As economist John Kenneth Galbraith put it, "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness"" (Molly Ivins. "Subsidizing Selfishness." Texas Observer, April 29, 2005: 14).


"In the conservative blog world, the very act of weighing evidence, or even presenting any, is suspect. The modus operandi is accuse, accuse, accuse and see what sticks. BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis, who has become a self-style evangelist for right-wing bloggers... declares, "We're all journalists... The only thing that made journalists journalists before was access to the guy who owned the press." That, of course, is nonsense. Journalists aspire to standards of fairness(Eric Alterman. "The Pajama Game." The Nation, Mar. 14, 2005: 10).


"In the conservative blog world, the very act of weighing evidence, or even presenting any, is suspect. The modus operandi is accue, accuse, accuse and see what sticks. BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis, who has become a self-styled evangelist for right-wing bloggers... declares, "We're all journalists... The only thing that made journalists journalists before was access to the guy who owned the press." That, of course, is nonsense. Journalists aspire to standards of fairness, accuracy and research that are not generally observed by Jarvis's pajama-clad army. What's more, good journalism takes time and often money. At a recent meeting of bloggers and journalists at Harvard, Jarvis reportedly became so incensed when New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson asked him if he knew how much it cost to operate a bureau in Iraq, the moderator had to ask everybody to behave" (Eric Alterman. "The Pajama Game." The Nation, Mar. 14, 2005: 10).


News Articles

Slavehood 2017 By Peter Koenig [an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America.] May 04, 2017 "Information Clearing House"

When in the 18th and 19th Century African slaves did not ‘behave’, they were cruelly beaten sometimes to death as a deterrent for others. They were deprived of food for their families. Their women were raped. They were traded to even harsher white masters. Their lives were worth only what their labor could produce. They were treated as subjects, devoid of human warmth.

Today we have become all slaves; slaves to the powers of mafia bankster of finance; slaves to the western lie-propaganda; to the lobbies and their giant all dominating corporations – to the war-industry, because we happily believe what we are told about ever-increasing terrorism that needs to be fought with eternal wars; slaves to the environment-destructive hydrocarbon industry; to the pharma-industry; to the Monsanto-ized agroindustry; to senseless consumerism – and foremost – and summing it all up: to greed, endless greed that drives endless growth, nurturing endless competition fomenting adversity, destroying solidarity, instead of amical cooperation for a harmonious human cohabitation.

As people of western nations, we are enslaved to an all-engulfing neoliberal fascism – to a predatory economy. Corporate lie propaganda drip-feds our brains. We haven’t even noticed it. We are enslaved to so-called ‘leaders’, put in office by obscure foreign masters of deceit – the ever-stronger corporate controlled propaganda machine – the six all controlling Zion-Anglo media, whom we believe whatever lie they vomit – because it is more comfortable to believe a lie than to confront the truth – that’s self-imposed slavehood.

That’s how far we have gone. Because we are clearly on an almost irreversible downward track – sliding and running towards our own demise – into darkness – the darkness of chaos and bloody wars, endless wars against self-invented terrorism; wars that keeps our western economy running – and our armchair politics alive. Wars that kill and slaughter millions and millions – but all in ‘far-away’ lands. We are told we are protected. Our police and military watch over us. The new gods – money and military.

Although ‘pride’ was never an appropriate term to integrate our soul and minds, as we the western powers – have for centuries enslaved, raped, exploited and slaughtered the indigenous people, those who have for millennia, for history of mankind survived and passed on our human genes from one murderous civilization to another, always in the hope that the new one would see the light.

We can only hope that the patience of these native people, the survivors, our saviors – will prevail, that before we disappear in darkness, in the void of a manmade blackhole, we will awake, open our eyes and seek the light – become finally human, the term we have fraudulently applied to ourselves – the western civilization.

Independent thinking has become a crime, as it impedes the advancement of slavehood. Education is designed to kill individual thinking and the wide range of inventiveness – because it’s dangerous – for those who enslave and control us. ‘New-speak’ education has to make us thinking what the system wants us to think. That’s what western education has become in the last 50 years – a farce to keep us as non-thinking idiots.

Idiots are easily enslaved and exploited and sent to wars – to steal foreign resources to satisfy the greed of a few. We love to be cannon fodder, as we were told – enslaved – to believe that good patriots love to die for their country. We are blinded and avoid seeing that we are dying fighting to satisfy puppet leaders’ greed for power and money – whose power is nothing more than that allowed them by the Masters who control the world and who pull the strings on their marionettes.


Colby Glass, MLIS