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    is one of the better dissections of conservative "thought" that I've read, and gives a good analysis of the affinities that exist between reductions in the regulation of capitalism and increases in conservative practice, whose ultimate aim is served by (rather than embodying) popular conservative ideology.

    A great piece. The sad thing is that conservatives likely would agree with every word but find it to be the description of a desirable practice and world.

    That's where we are: what Weber called "value orientations." When both sides accept the same basic understanding of the logic of the system and politics, and yet are so far apart, the real differentiator is simple values (lying and self-serving exploitation are good and natural and pleasant versus lying and self-serving exploitation are bad and unnatural and unpleasant), which are much harder to debate or to change.

    Conservatives want and are thrilled to be caught up in a cutthroat game of cynical survival. What's the point in trying to appeal to them with policies that mitigate these? But at the same time, if you don't want life to be a cutthroat game of cynical survival, what's the point in adopting alternative propositions that might appeal to those that embrace this state of affairs?

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    I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

    by nobody at all on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:42:02 AM PST

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