What is a True Conservative; Conservatism versus Capitalism
What is Conservatism vs. Capitalism?What more importantly; What is a True Conservative, Not necessarily what the Media or even many Republicans, Libertarians, or even what some Tea Party Members or Evangelicals Say it is. You can be a capitalist in either party, the same with conservative, although I think you will see more true conservatives in the Republican party. A True conservative IS compassionate and does not need to use terms such as “Compassionate conservatism”, while the capitalist has to use these terms to justify actions. Sadly many capitalists give conservatism a bad name do to their capitalist actions/views that lack conservative principles Being a true conservative is NOTHING to be ashamed of, despite labels placed upon them by mis-informed liberals, or the media. A true conservative is conservative first, a Republican a distant second and will pull the handle for the candidate that will uphold their beliefs in conservative integrity, whether it be a Democrat or a third party candidate. Such is why politicians such as our local Congressman Greg Waldenor past State Representative Gordon Anderson whom have made flippant condescending remarks when asked for help are not true conservatives. A true conservative does not participate in rumors, whether spreading, starting or even looking the other way. A true conservative recognizes the importance of respecting an honest and just government and its place in protecting its citizens. A true Conservative recognizes that Government too can steal, promote injustice, etc. A true conservative does not turn a blind eye to such injustices committed by the State including Law Enforcement, which unfortunately I have seen many conservatives after he made the ludicrous statement that “17 year old employees should only have jobs at places such as McDonald’s, not in middle management”. Although many will define a conservative in a strict dictionary since such that they put “So-called” conservatives in a box by stating conservative only strive to preserve the past; while on the surface this may fit a tidy dictionary version of a conservative, but is 180 degrees wrong as to what a true conservative is as a true conservative would not embrace such past “Traditions” as slavery which runs counter to the God given right of freedom. Since one tenant of a true conservative is personal responsibility, comments such as by a manager at Safeway that “They are responsible” if some gets hurt collecting cans is bogus, as we are responsible for our own actions and collecting cans to supplement one’s income is taking responsibility for one’s self, but blaming Safeway or anyone else for getting cut on a bottle, can, etc.
The Politics of Capitalism
To understand the market as imperative, we have to understand not just how people have been able to respond to the capitalist market but how they have been forced to do so. Capitalism doesn’t just allow people to avail themselves of the market in the pursuit of profit. Only capitalism has a system of exploitation in which exploiters depend on the market to gain access to labor power and to realize their profits. Conventional explanations of how capitalism emerged talk about how the market itself was enabled, how the market was liberated to grow and to operate freely according to its own internal principles, once impediments had been removed. We’re told more about how people were enabled to avail themselves of market opportunities than about how they came to be market-dependent and subject to market imperatives. Capitalism, he says, is a system in which “Economic units-unlike those in previous historical epochs-must depend on the market for everything they need.” His argument then proceeds on that basis, building on the premise that what distinguishes capitalism from all other social forms is the market-dependence of all economic actors, and hence their subjection to the imperatives of competition. Competition is the mechanism of capitalism’s basic laws of motion because in capitalism, as in no other system, the irreducible condition of access to the means of self-reproduction is market-dependence and subjection to market imperatives. In one way or another, they seem to assume that what we need to do is somehow facilitate market opportunities, to enable the market, or to enable people to take the best advantage of it. Some social democratic governments have tried a different approach, in their efforts to give capitalism a “Human face.” In addition to enhancing market opportunities, they may try to obstruct, or threaten to obstruct, the opportunities of capital-by measures such as social clauses, or the “Tobin tax”-in order to guide capital into more humane, or at least less destructive, practices. First, market dependence and market imperatives historically predated the proletarianization of labor. Just as market imperatives expropriated direct producers in the early days of capitalism, so they could have a similar effect in “Market socialism.” If market dependence and market imperatives are in some important ways independent of the relation between capital and labor, what does this add up to politically? What political implications should we draw from the independence of horizontal relations? Does it mean that left politics should concentrate on improving “Competitiveness” rather than on militant class struggle?