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The mind of the conservative

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I have mentioned from time to time my difficulty in understanding the thought processes of those who have a conservative—particularly a hard-right—outlook. A commenter, as noted in the previous post, recently labeled a group of investigative reports as a “Socialist activist group”.

A Socialist is one who believes that the state should own the means of production—for example, state ownership of coal mines, steel plants, automobile manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and the like.

I think Socialists are extremely rare these days. So once again I’m at a loss to understand. The comment did suggest that the writer uses “Socialism” to mean, not Socialism, but any regulation of business by the government—that is, “Socialism” becomes “something I don’t agree with.”

I take it as obvious that businesses require government regulation—there was a time when businesses were not regulated, and the result was unsatisfactory in the extreme. So in response to public pressure, regulations were imposed: to ensure safety of cars and airplanes and our food, to label hazardous substances, to ensure safe disposal of toxic wastes, to minimize stock fraud, and so on. I think (if I read it right) that these things are “Socialism,” which they plainly are not.

Moreover, the writer mentioned “global warming” in passing, as though that were a Socialist idea.

Very, very difficult for me to understand.

Written by Leisureguy

30 January 2008 at 10:54 am

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  1. There are far-right conservatives who aren’t stupid. They’re wrong about a great many things, but they aren’t stupid. Here’s one example that I know of personally.



    30 January 2008 at 11:25 am

  2. The site Scott links to is that of a typically conservative middle-aged male — one who is (often) obsessed with their toys; that is, guns and knives. I have those kinds in my family, but based on the views they take, I don’t consider them stupid, but they sure ain’t smart, and why is the only science they know what Rush Limbaugh tells them?

    Mike, the reason guys like you and I cannot wrap our minds around conservative thinking is that it’s very much like male/female, mars/venus — progressive and conservative minds are wired differently. We see global warming, they see hoax. We see creationism as a hoax, they see some ‘god’s truth.’ We see torture as useless because of the bad intel it produces, they see themselves as Jack Bauer.

    After 25 years, I learned to stop arguing with my brother. I knew from the start I was never going to change his mind. But when someone refuses to accept scientific laws, and believes that every Democrat is hell-bound to outlaw their guns and bunkers, then at some point I say life is too short to suffer fools and move on.
    PS: Nice blog, Scott!


    Zaine Ridling

    31 January 2008 at 2:09 am

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