The main problem with conservatism is that it is not clear what it is. There are several different and contradictory definitions. In my view, it is more of an attitude than a philosophy. The attitude is, progressivism is growing the government too fast. But you can’t beat something with nothing. Since about 1933, conservatism was the chief foe of progressivism. It has held center stage and held real power at times. Yet, it is has utterly failed to roll back progressivism.
Progressivism can only be defeated by another, better, truer, ideology. In truth, progressivism can only be defeated by the very same ideology that progressivism itself defeated and replaced around 1920—libertarianism (which wasn’t called that at the time.)
Keep in mind that liberty was never refuted or proven not to work. It worked splendidly. It was simply replaced by a more fashionable and trendy ideology, progressivism. Now that progressivism is on the verge of destroying the country, it’s time for a libertarian counterattack.
It’s also time to realize that conservatism, as a attitudinal reaction against progressivism, has been a failure. It’s a dead end. Conservatism shares too many premises with progressivism to ever be able to serve as its mortal enemy. The mortal enemy of progressivism was, is and always will be—libertarianism, a wonderful and powerful philosophy with an unfortunate and ungainly name.
I stopped using the word generally and now prefer, Liberty Movement. If you believe in liberty, join us. If you don’t believe in liberty, you are deep down a progressive, regardless of what delusional label such as “conservative” you adopt.
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