ECLECTICIST: American Conservatism
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Broadcast: 9th October, 2016
Last update: 20th October, 2016
Published: 20th October, 2016
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- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes - which are available on the site to read along!
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is American Conservatism
Avoiding godless communism. This is done by promoting prayer in school, believing climate change is a hoax, opposing abortion, supporting American exceptionalism, and generally only caring about one’s own needs. Screw everyone else, it’s all about me. Perhaps American Conservatism is actually a personality disorder like sociopathy. And how can we so reliably predict what a person’s stance on climate change is by knowing where they stand on same-sex marriage? Isn’t this tribe mentality? How far have we regressed? And since when was Jesus a conservative for Christ’s sake?
What we’re not talking about
Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- Individualism versus collectivism, personal accountability, defense and celebration of hard-won traditions, rule of law, moral absolutism and freedom to choose one’s own path to happiness.
- From wikipedia:
- American Conservatism is a broad system of political beliefs in the United States that is characterized by respect for American traditions, support for Judeo-Christian values, economic liberalism, anti-communism, advocacy of American exceptionalism and a defense of Western culture from perceived threats posed by creeping socialism, moral relativism, multiculturalism, and liberal internationalism.
- Common conservative talking points:
- don’t want to pay taxes
- Abortions should be outlawed
- Judeo-Christianity is where it’s at. Godlessness leads to Auschwitz
- And various problems arising from believing we get morals and guidance from a set of books written thousands of years ago.
- Liberals are Communists/Fascists
- Conservatism or Populism?
- Poster Boys:
- "Whether they are defending the Soviet Union or bleating for Saddam Hussein, liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots."
- I listened to a talk of his which didn’t make a lot of sense
- ‘America First’
- Freedom brings wealth
- Perceived as fascistic theft
- Deregulation, smaller government
- Voluntarism versus Collectivism
- Social justice militia
- Equality at all costs and in every direction
- The anathema of radical social engineering
- The fear of uncertainty - Glenn Wilson, British psychologist on conservatism
- Changing meaning of the word (Abe Lincoln)
- In the Media
- Just been watching Bill O’Reilly talking about Liberal vs Conservative Americans on youtube. He uses pseudoscience and outright lies to defend his argument.
- Left leaning Media. Are they just as bad?
- Media bias against conservatives. It’s there, countless examples.
- That Upton Sinclair quote:
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
Finding lots of instances of where this applies
- The role that religion plays in all of this
- Second amendment rights
- Law enforcement
- Melting Pot vs Salad Bowl. This view of cultural assimilation or multiculturalism may be a tad hypocritical of conservatives.
- The Heritage Foundation
- Milton Friedman
- William F Buckley/National Review
- Costs money to read that I’m unwilling to spend
Terminology specific to the topic
- Demagogue A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument. A populist.
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- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins (if anything)
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