Politics the Armpit of Society money buys anything
Where is US going, Oligarchy, Plutocracy, Anarchy, maybe even fascism? Quite clearly distancing US from represented democratic republic, unless one represents the 1 percent.
Todays conservatives seem so far to the right they make Hitler look like a liberal, but then they have effectively made yesterdays center become todays liberal for the same reason. In search of understanding why conservatives are such twits… I found Reading, “What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?” by Philip Agre provided me some interesting answers and helped me connect the dots on conservatism. “Conservatism is incompatible with democracy, prosperity, and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception and has no place in the modern world. “ Agre’s Premise seems to be this: “Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy.” Looking at history and the world today Agre’s premise explains much to me, I find conservatives doing their conservatism around the world with due diligence, and with the same twist of rotten grapefruit in Australia, Candia and here in the US. But in the US we have the Neocons, Tea Party, KKK, Libertarians, Republicans and Texans. Around the world there are many fanatical groups which appear conservative, none of them nice. Agre gives a good argument for his definition of conservative, “From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the self-regarding thugs of ancient Rome to the glorified warlords of medieval and absolutist Europe, in nearly every urbanized society throughout human history, there have been people who have tried to constitute themselves as an aristocracy. These people and their allies are the conservatives. “
My political junkie days started with religion years ago when I asked myself, why do some people want to force their beliefs on me? A good friend recommend I read Eric Hoffers book, “The True Believer”… and Hoffers book really helped me focus on why fanatics exist. According to Hoffer fanatics can be religious, political, social and my sister. Hoffers premise looks at fanatics as individuals who join a larger group and loose their individualism to collectively support a cause, addressing a real or perceived grievance. Do I smell TparT here? Hoffer ceased to exist before the Koch Brothers devised the TparT, so Hoffer addressed Nazis, fascists communists, religions and other cults, even the military as potently being an obsessed group. (Today Police?) I was in the military so I know about the demonizing of an opposition…you know, kill or be killed.
Listening to the Thom Hartman show, Thom provided a different variation on defining conservatism, apparently in Europe conservatives are only focused on one subject aliens as xenophobia. European conservatives do not hate their governments or their many social government programs. Here in the U.S. conservatives appear more like Hoffers fanatics about government but then we have the 1 percent pulling strings, through the Mass Media, via Fox biased not news or on Sunday mornings Meet The Republican. This has been accelerating since Ronald Reagan brought trickle down. Reagan effectively trickled down the middle class with help from Ayn Rand fetish people like Greenspan. I suspect most poor conservatives have not a clue of what they are about or supporting, against their own best interests. Well groomed apathy and ignorance have manipulated conservatives into Pavlov’s dog.
- Eric Hoffer, “True Believer”
- Philip Agre, What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It? http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/pagre/conservatism.html
- “Pavlov’s Dog”, http://www.simplypsychology.org › Perspectives › Behaviorism