Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Conflicts within Modern Conservatism

... For the conservative movement to rise again, it must use reason to bolster its arguments and find intellectual champions who can battle the new rise of leftist "Liberalism" on its own terms ...

Greg R. Lawson comments on the value of intellectual conservatism at the Becker Posner blog.

Conservatism, especially an intellectually stimulating and worthwhile conservatism, needs to reassert itself.

A certain degree of populism is always an essential ingredient to political, electoral success, however, to rely on pure emotionalism lends itself to poorly conceived policies as Mr. Posner clearly states.

Therefore, it is important that those who believe that cultural conservatism is not retrograde, but a pivotal mechanism for avoiding the growth of nihilistic despair, must better articulate their reasoning.

It is not enough to say that "God says it's wrong" as there are too many interpretations of what God means. However, conservatism, as in conserving tradition and allowing progress to move slowly and pragmatically, as opposed to radically, is an emminently defensible position.

The loss of the culture wars has led to too many single household families and many economic hardships that correspond to that reality.

The loss of the culture wars has a bred a post-modernist sensibility in too many youth that now seems to believe that any judgments made are by definition "oppressive" and or/ignorant.

The loss of the culture wars has unmoored legitimate capitalist instincts from ethics and allowed greed to run rampant and the disadvantaged to seek salvation in unrealistic messianism.

The loss of the culture wars has been an unmitigated disaster for this nation and it was lost during the conservative ascendancy. That is a strong rebuke.

Today, the remaining culture warriors, disillusioned by the decline in values, too often come across as angry and unwilling to engage is reasoned debate. This makes it too easy for them to be caricaturized, delegitimized, and stigmatized.

For the conservative movement to rise again, it must use reason to bolster its arguments and find intellectual champions who can battle the new rise of leftist "Liberalism" on its own terms.

To be pro-life, pro-family, pro-second amendment, strong on national security are not backwards looking positions. They are forward looking; we just have to present them as such.”

In order to regain electoral advantage, conservative interests be it groups, organizations individuals or parties, need to present conservative principles that reflect a pledge to mainstream values that can include amongst other policies, lower taxes, minimal Government intervention including spending, and a return to personal accountabilities.

A political party does not abandon its conservative ethos for the sake of popularism or otherwise said, votes. Conservative ideals will unite if given a chance in a manner and way that provides for individual sovereignty.

For the Liberal Party, this remains a critical challenge, “to successfully differentiate the party from Labor through the upholding of traditional Liberal values associated with Social Conservatism and Economic liberalism” and in imparting such without alienating the electorate.

Further reading: Is the Conservative Movement Losing Steam?

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