Discussion in 'Politics' started by NATO AIR, May 10, 2005.
Important reading has rarely been so well argued and written.
John Derbyshire is a strong, thoughtful and (actually) conservative writer. So it's always surprising to see him appear in National Review.
Ha! But seriously, folks. What, exactly, do we lose if "conservatism" dies? I have always thought of conservatism as an oppositional stance: opposed to the growing state, to the loss of individual rights, the loss of moral values, etc. But it's proven an utter failure on almost all these points. The government in the U.S. is at Soviet proportions. We have lost the most important freedom: the freedom to associate. The "rights" we have now are not so much rights as indulgences: we have the "right" to drive honking SUV's, watch porn, and gorge ourselves on processed foods. Big deal. We've got interracial pornography for our halftime shows --- on national TV. Gee, so much for that "religious right" controlling everything. It's been a long time since the labels "conservative" and "liberal" meant anything. On some of the issues, nobody gives a crap. Nobody really cares that taxes are so high. They just accept it. So the welfare state is not a rallying point.
We do have open borders. People are pissed about that, but the political class just ignores it.
In Derbyshire's native UK, the BNP is filling that gap:
I admire the BNP - they openly advocate for the interests of white Britons (using the word "white"). And, they are gaining in popularity.
You are on the right track to becomming a Independent Conservative..The GOP and DNC have become one and the same..If you just stay away from radical philosophy as noticed in some of your posts..."David Duke" you will find your way and make a difference in your future....
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