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Krugman Promotes False 'Conservative' Meme
Severe Conservative Syndrome ... Mitt Romney has a gift for words — self-destructive words. On Friday he did it again, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that he was a "severely conservative governor." As Molly Ball of The Atlantic pointed out, Mr. Romney "described conservatism as if it were a disease." Indeed. Mark Liberman, a linguistics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, provided a list of words that most commonly follow the adverb "severely"; the top five, in frequency of use, are disabled, depressed, ill, limited and injured. That's clearly not what Mr. Romney meant to convey. Yet if you look at the race for the G.O.P. presidential nomination, you have to wonder whether it was a Freudian slip. For something has clearly gone very wrong with modern American conservatism. – Paul Krugman
Dominant Social Theme: These crazy conservatives are small government radicals!
Free-Market Analysis: Columnist Paul Krugman of the New York Times is out with another one of these strange articles on "conservatism." While this article seems to be critical of conservatism, Krugman (a socialist New York Times columnist) actually revels in conservatism.
Not only that but Mitt Romney is glad to cast himself as a conservative. That's because, strange as it sounds, both of them work for the same team. And what team is that? Why, the Anglosphere power elite that wants to run the world and doesn't want any inconvenient talk about freedom and small government.
You won't get any of that talk from either Romney or Krugman. That's why they are where they are. One is the controlled opposition and the other is very obviously a controlled columnist. Both will use the term conservatism on a regular basis, and they will try to make it a stand-in for small government sympathies. But when you actually analyze the rhetoric, a conservative is nothing but a variant of a big-government liberal.
Thus we can see the term "conservative" is a very successful dominant social theme of the Anglosphere power elite. The powers-that-be managed to take classical liberalism and remove the anti-activist bias. A true classical liberal does not believe in the primacy of the state when it comes to economic issues.
But a "conservative," as construed within the context of American politics, believes in a strong police state (domestic security) and a strong military presence abroad. In a sense, this belief structure is a good deal more supportive of Leviathan than the current democratic-liberal mindset that American conservatives so decry.
In fact, this sort of conservatism, which mandates a strong "security state" often ends up with the worst of both worlds. So-called conservative presidents such as George Bush will put a priority on military and domestic policing activity and will make deals with the opposition to do so. Thus, the welfare state is apt to grow along with the security apparatus.
This is what happened under George Bush. The military-industrial complex had a virtually free hand while domestic nanny-ism grew aggressively as well. To call this Republicanism – or even conservatism – at this point begins to beg the question.
Under both Bush and now Obama both sides of fedgov have grown almost uncontrollably. The welfare state has expanded even as the free market has been more hemmed in than ever. Conservatism as a political movement that is supposedly small-government oriented is a failure. But not for Paul Krugman.
Tinfoil hats have become a common, if not mandatory, G.O.P. fashion accessory. There's Ron Paul, who came in a strong second in Maine's caucuses despite widespread publicity over such matters as the racist (and conspiracy-minded) newsletters published under his name in the 1990s and his declarations that both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Act were mistakes ...
For decades the G.O.P. has won elections by appealing to social and racial divisions, only to turn after each victory to deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy — a process that reached its epitome when George W. Bush won re-election by posing as America's defender against gay married terrorists, then announced that he had a mandate to privatize Social Security.
Over time, however, this strategy created a base that really believed in all the hokum — and now the party elite has lost control. The point is that today's dismal G.O.P. field — is there anyone who doesn't consider it dismal? — is no accident. Economic conservatives played a cynical game, and now they're facing the blowback, a party that suffers from "severe" conservatism in the worst way. And the malady may take many years to cure.
We can see in this excerpt all the meretricious confusion that the elite's media mouthpieces are paid to sow. The Anglosphere power elite that wants to create world government needs strong national governments through which it can secretly operate. Classical liberalism, which was a genuine political movement for small government, needed to be replaced.
Classical liberalism has a 2,000 year history that begins with the Greeks and can be traced through the Romans and the Renaissance to the modern day. Conservatism is a good deal more amorphous. As we've pointed out in the past, one can find the term first used in Britain about 400 years ago.
But in a sense it is a meaningless term. It merely means, basically, to "conserve" what one has. Thus, those who mourn the passing of the USSR or Hitler's Germany can be legitimately termed conservative.
Conservatism in the US has spawned presidents like the horrible public spendthrift and neo-fascist George Bush. And it has allowed columnists like Krugman to further confuse the American public about what constitutes a valid choice between small government and large government.
In this article, for instance, not only does Krugman focus on "conservatism" as a counterpoint to big government liberalism, he also paints the libertarian candidate Ron Paul as a "conservative" by focusing on what he considers to be Paul's social views rather than his economic and foreign policy ones.
Ron Paul has singlehandedly punctured the "conservative" versus liberal meme by refocusing the conservation along the lines of a classical liberal agenda. His emphasis on small government and a minimalist foreign policy gives big-government types nowhere to go.
For this reason, Krugman focuses on only a very small part of Ron Paul's belief system, which is his social/cultural perspective. But even here, Krugman gets it wrong. Paul has disavowed the articles that Krugman attributes to him and in any event, would leave most choices about social policy up to the states.
This article of Krugman's is a perfect example of the conscious confusion of American political rhetoric. Romney claims to be free-market oriented but calls himself a conservative, which means he is in favor of many aspects of the American Leviathan.
Krugman, a leading columnist, is not satisfied with this amorphous term and blasts Romney for not being even more big-government oriented than he already is.
What has gone wrong with American conservatism begins with the nomenclature itself. A conservative is nothing but a government activist who believes in various aspects of the American empire but not in others. Romney fits this definition nicely.
Conclusion: The alternative to Romney is someone like Ron Paul who has actually reignited the ideas of classical liberalism and brought them back into the public sphere. That would be an article worth writing.
Posted by budwood on 02/14/12 03:38 PM
I had thought that Romney would be somewhat O.K. However, now I find that his top foreign policy advisor, a professor Cohen, is a super chicken-hawk who is all for an externally forced regime change in Iran.
Seems like another bad "dream" (nightmare) for the USA taxpayers and savers, as the US dollar is attacked again.
There appears to be only one answer to the question of whom among the prospective nominees does not want war?!
Posted by gabe on 02/14/12 04:18 PM
Always look at the advisors... and seriously you should always expect the MS candidates will have their advisoree positions filled with the usual suspects from the CFR.
Posted by Ol' Grey Ghost on 02/14/12 07:42 PM
The big difference between liberals and conservatives is whether they choose to put their heavy combat boots on your neck or on your gonads. Reminds me of a game of "Twister."
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"Right foot Red!"
"Left Iron Fist Green."
Posted by operam veritatis on 02/14/12 08:12 PM
Romney is simply Obama with a Caucasian face, to wit: gun control, socialized health care, and carbon taxes. Oh, and both are "troubled" by Iraq.
The American public has bought into the so-called differences between "conservatives" and "liberals" for far too long. Both parties are comprised of unbridled statists. They are the two heads of the same monster. Voting for either only guarantees further tyranny.
Ron Paul offers the only meaningul alternative to the furtherance of the federal leviathan state. Should he secure the Republican nomination, I will vote for President (something I have not done since Harry Browne appeared on the ballot).
Posted by gamma ray on 02/14/12 11:33 PM
Reflecting political ideology, it makes much more sense to categorize the Romney, Bush I and II, Nixon, etc. as political puppets promoting neoconservatism and Obama, the Clintons, Carter, etc. as the neoliberal enantiomers. Two sides of the same coin.
A good friend points out the absurdity of modern day political labels by calling himself an eighteenth century radical and a 21st century reactionary - an accurate description of an American who embraces the form of classical liberalism our country was founded upon.
BTW, it seems that we should expect that a "conservative", by definition, will practice fiscal conservatism, i.e. a strict limitation on debt accumulation. How does that jive with Bush II's role in supporting the massive expansion of national and personal debt, esp. when most of this debt cannot be justified and is clearly wasteful such as the Medicare prescription drug program? Neoconservative doesn't seem to go far enough, this behavior is essentially anti-conservative - thus we enter the Orwellian world of doublespeak. No wonder most Americans are confused. The terms they really need to come to grips with are Fascism, Feudalism, Globalism, and Statism.
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 02/15/12 07:45 AM
Remember the Krugman promoting a faked alien threat "in order to get some fiscal stimulus"?
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Well, Houston, we have a meme maybe ...
BBC2/Daily Mail: "President Eisenhower had three secret meetings with aliens, former Pentagon consultant claims"
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On the other hand, the Krugman seems rather desperate of late:
"Desperate Krugman Turns to Diaper Economics"
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Posted by amanfromMars on 02/15/12 11:21 AM
Do you think such conjecture is really fake, Abu Aardvark, or are there Surreal APT Programs beaming inconvenient truths from SecuredD Alien Spaces which are causing sub-prime Earthlings, DOS and SCADA Operating Systems valid concerns ... .. and real worries should they turn hostile and renegade and seek support other than in the West with its primitive and blinkered views which offer nothing exciting nor anything new worth having? ... ... . Click to view link
And here is Judge Napolitano ruling that America is spoilt for having no alternative choice, and it is difficult not to wholeheartedly agree, given the evidence presented and what you might already know yourself of the crazy dumb games supposedly smart people play every day ... ... . to keep you thoroughly misinformed and easily amused and systemically abused ... ... http://youtu.be/fOaCemmsnNk
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 02/15/12 11:44 AM
Please could you stop the noise, I'm trying to get some rest from all the unborn chicken voices in my head.
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Posted by amanfromMars on 02/15/12 01:40 PM
If one is an android, can one be paranoid? Or is one's programming just incomplete, AAa?
Posted by factotum on 02/16/12 11:51 AM
if you enter the two words orwells boot in any search engine you will get back a list with my article, under the name of factotum666, at the top. There is also a link to Click to view link which is an expansion of these ideas.
Thie point of most relevance in these articles of mine is not that you are st00pid, but that if your words are not well defined then you are little more than young children yelling at each other ...
Posted by amanfromMars on 02/17/12 01:35 AM
Do you truly believe what is written and hosted on that website you provided a hyperlink too? And I am referring specifically to the page headed "The Inevitable Inferiority of Women and Why, if They do not Start Running Things, Then We are Doomed …… The Natural Inferiority of Women." Did you write that yourself? Are those your carefully thought out/well reasoned views?
And if you would deny the view expressed as being true, and would declare here that what is written there is complete and utter nonsense, then why is it there, for then would it be entirely valid of other views to express and suggest you are truly stupid at least ….. and have more than most still yet to learn/try and learn/experience?
And what it tells heterosexual and XSSXXXXual men, is that you know nothing at all about the power and pleasure of women at all, and nothing about men either, which might then suggest that you are as a child, and if an adult then somewhat stunted in intellectual growth and most definitely emotionally damaged/subverted/perverted. Understandably would homosexual beings not be expected to know of such through practised and addictively enjoyable experience.