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1 iceweasel  Feb 20, 2011 3:13:13am
Above all, the authority of conservatism itself must be maintained. The country should be ruled by conservative values, and progressive values are seen as evil. Science should have authority over the market, and so the science of global warming and evolution must be denied. Facts that are inconsistent with the authority of conservatism must be ignored or denied or explained away. To protect and extend conservative values themselves, the devil’s own means can be used against conservatism’s immoral enemies, whether lies, intimidation, torture or even death, say, for women’s doctors.

Freedom is defined as being your own strict father - with individual, not social, responsibility, and without any government authority telling you what you can and cannot do. To defend that freedom as an individual, you will, of course, need a gun.

I love this article.

2 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD  Feb 20, 2011 3:15:23am

The “invisible hand of the Market” is, of course, whatever we good ole white male folks will decide. Same as “states’ rights”.

3 freetoken  Feb 20, 2011 3:30:24am
Democrats also help conservatives by what a friend has called “Democratic Communication Disorder.” Republican conservatives have constructed a vast and effective communication system, with think tanks, framing experts, training institutes, a system of trained speakers, vast holdings of media and booking agents. Eighty percent of the talking heads on TV are conservatives. Talk matters, because language heard over and over changes brains. Democrats have not built the communication system they need, and many are relatively clueless about how to frame their deepest values and complex truths.

Sounds like one of my comments from last night:

Yeah, I was live-blogging it [the attack on the IPCC late night in Congress during the HR1 amendment process] here when it happened. The MO Republican was just essentially just slandering.

You know what was almost as bad, though? It was the Democratic party response. Waxman did attempt a half hearted response but he really didn’t call out the slander or just how factually wrong the GOP member was.

It was just one more piece of evidence of how lame so many of the Democratic Party elected have become in being able to truly argue a cause.

During the 90 hours or so of discussion on the bill and amendments the few good rhetoricians and the handful of dedicated politicos among the elected Democrats really stood out from an otherwise bland crowd.

4 iceweasel  Feb 20, 2011 4:05:17am

re: #3 freetoken

It was just one more piece of evidence of how lame so many of the Democratic Party elected have become in being able to truly argue a cause.

So true, so true.

5 Decatur Deb  Feb 20, 2011 4:16:35am

Rhetoric and argument are skills of ‘stump-speech’ technology, declining since Truman. A quick twitter-thumb is the path to glory for the new politicians.

6 researchok  Feb 20, 2011 4:37:57am

Interesting article but one could just as easily say “What Democrats really want: Total control”.

Ah, rhetoric.

7 iceweasel  Feb 20, 2011 5:57:45am

re: #6 researchok

Interesting article but one could just as easily say “What Democrats really want: Total control”.

Ah, rhetoric.

I think that could be said of some individual Democrats but not as a party or movement. They’re too splintered.

I see this article as of a piece with bob altermayer’s work on the authoritarian mindset. Of course you can have authoritarianism on the left, but it takes different forms.

8 iceweasel  Feb 20, 2011 5:59:51am

By the way, i wish this article title said ‘rightwing authoritarians’ rather than conservatives in general.

9 Laughing Gas  Feb 20, 2011 9:02:43pm

Jesus, what anybody with a brain can see: American “conservatism” is basically pseudo-populist authoritarianism. The institutions that conservatives hate (the press, education, any public assistance program) these institutions are what separate modern democracies from autocratic states. The institutions that conservatives love (the military, police, religious institutions) are all strongly represented in autocratic states.


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