ETHICS and CONSERVATISM

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CONSERVATISM

Conservatism is not a political issue, nor is what follows intended to be a political statement.  It’s more basic than that.  The foundation for conservatism is history and original intent—a return to the basics, ethics being the most basic.  Anyone can do it.

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

Any society needs a system of rules within which its members can operate to the general benefit. These rules are founded in its values and articulated in its privileges.  The rules of all successful societies including our own begin in ethics and are adapted to the society’s needs and wishes.

Our own rules trace their origin to a paramount need for freedom.  Our laws are founded in a Declaration of Independence from our mother country and empowered by a Constitution written by individuals with a strong ethical and moral base “in order to form a more perfect union.”

ETHICS IN RETREAT: MODERN POLITICS

ETHICAL ISSUES:  POLITICS

Whereas an earlier post described conservatism/Constitutionalism in apolitical terms, this one confirms liberalism as innately political. Welcome to Realpolitik–politics without ethics.

Today’s liberalism is rooted in the cultural revolution of the Enlightenment. Enlightened(?) intellectuals reject the traditions of the past, especially its entrenched historical religious authority, embracing instead a secular ethic of natural reason—conclusions based solely on physical evidence—pioneered by the  largely mechanistic Cartesian  approach to the world.  The ‘enlightened’ view the world as a sophisticated machine, an apglobal_warming_by_teabing1pliance with no self-healing properties not able to survive on its own.  Well, millions of years of earth history confirms that it’s just not so,.  Natural/organic systems are “non-fragile,” meaning they develop as a response to disorder.  In other words, they repair and develop on their own, and we don’t have a clue how that works.  That being said…

Modern liberal thought is founded in the Critical Theory of the ‘30s. Based on Marxist conjecture and an underlying thesis that “history is about which groups have power over which other groups,” it combined social theory, philosophy, economics and cultural criticism in its behalf.  Its framework includes deconstructionism, an outgrowth of the ‘philosophy of language’, that removes meaning from existing text and reinserts another meaning of current liberal choice.  (It amounts to one’s being told by the ‘enlightened’ elite what one thinks.)