The (hopefully) final article of my political series. In this article, I’d like to step back and comment on the morphing of conservatism and conservatives in general. It’s not a comment on political power so much as it is character.
To understand the platform of conservatives, it’s important to understand their unifying factor: the Republican Party. Recall in my previous post how this was shaped by the Democratic presidents leading up to that point. For Republicans, the political platform had revolved around a capitalistic economic ideology predating President Herbert Hoover and tracing its roots back to its very formation.
And now we begin an exploration of conservatism and why it is what it is today. For that, we need to look at the most pivotal point in modern American political history and its background.
It was March 31, 1968, towards the end of the bloody Vietnam war when a shocking announcement was made that called out and inadvertently declared the ending of American political unity. While the tensions in the months preceding the announcement were evident and the collapse of the American political system into liberal and conservative parties may have seemed inevitable, it was the presidency that had held the nation together.
Late last year, the Linux Project decided to adopt a “Code of Conduct” document that has been highly controversial from the get-go. I wanted to write about it then, but I think I’m in a better frame of mind to write about the more general issue now – something more applicable to my readers than a simple rant. 🙂
The source of the issue is quite deeply embedded in people’s minds and thus remains hidden or unaccounted for. Most of the time, people are arguing about the surface: security vs privacy, socialism vs capitalism, “green” vs economic, “tolerance” vs intolerance. And while these issues have become sensitive, they are only sensitive in the fact that people have come to believe strongly in these opinions and see them as an identity. However, I would contest these things are not identities at all but are instead masking the underlying perspectives that have and are shaping these identities.
The truth is, there is no true “conservative” nor “liberal”, but a diverse set of opinions that have become globed into two categories. Neither category fully represents their constituency, but the “liberal” side is hurting its members the most.
In a series of articles, I’d like to break that down. Let’s start with the basics.
Not too long ago, medical and European ethics entered the global spotlight when a boy named Charlie was denied experimental treatment that had a possible chance to cure him. Since the boy was too little to decide for himself, the parents were attempting to take action. However, the state denied their request for treatment and even went so far as to deny them the opportunity to see their child.
Table of Contents
- It Started With Ecumenism
- The New Mind
Tomorrow does not exist. At this point, some may branch off about the philosophical implications of talking about what that means, but that’s all boring or confusing stuff to Joe sipping his joe, and without the convoluted explanation, Joe would probably get the idea anyways. The question now is: What is our response to this?
Another name for smooth jazz is “elevator music”. It’s that background sound you hear in played over the speakers in stores to make you feel like you’re in modern America. Continue reading
There has been a growing problem with honey bees dying off. The primary source of the problem isn’t pesticides as some might think (though that is a problem since it can apparently mess with hormones and make the bee lose its sense of direction), but a type of mite known as Varroa (also called “Vorroa” or “Varroa destructor”). The Irish Times reports: “the mites, in combination with other viruses, have killed off up to 30 per cent of Europe’s bees, and a whopping 85 per cent of Middle Eastern bee.” American bee keepers haven’t escaped either; an estimated third of American bees have been lost to the mite.