Glenn Beck rally 2009 09 12

What conservatism means.

Conservatives feel significantly less love for generic others than liberals do.[1]

Barry Goldwater is the politician most often credited for sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s.[2] He began the Southern strategy, voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and wrote that "It may be just or wise or expedient for negro children to attend the same schools as white children, but they do not have a civil right to do so".[3]

A commenter observes: "One of the claims I hear, quite often, from conservatives is that taxing the rich is class warfare; if we don’t let them keep all their money, we are communistsocialists who want everyone to earn the same amount of money and have the same benefits. Then, when a union stands up for workers and says, ‘no, you cannot cut their wages and benefits which the workers earn,’ suddenly you get the bullshit about similar workers earn less and have shitty benefits and it is suddenly okay to want everyone to earn the same amount of money and have the same benefits. It is commiesocialism when we ask the rich to pay a little more but capitalism when we do the same to the workers."


  1. Iyer, Ravi; Koleva, Spassena; Graham, Jesse; Ditto, Peter H.; Haidt, Jonathan. Understanding Libertarian Morality: The Psychological Roots of an Individualist Ideology. 20 August 2010. Pages 26 and 60.

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