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Conservatives don't see the government as the "the country." To quote Ronald Reagan in his inaugural address So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Conservative love of their nation is independent of its current government. ...


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Labels like "conservative" versus "liberal" or "left" versus "right" are often applied to larger-scale political movements, parties or ways of thinking, without every single detail being thrown into the mix. The labels mean different things in different environments anyway: what is called "right wing conservative capitalist" in some European countries might ...


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Big business Politics (of either mainstream party) in the USA is dependent on money from big business. Many of those big businesses prioritise short term profit over long term environmental preservation, or have bonus systems that promote short term (<5 years) gains over long term (>100 years) gains. Climate change action may reduce short term profits, ...


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A liberal/conservative divide happens between sparsely-populated rural areas and dense urban ones, with the rural settings more likely to be conservative, and the urban ones more likely to be liberal. I won't get into the reasons why that is, but given that mass media has historically required a large number of people with a wide variety of talents that tend ...


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I think the misunderstanding comes from how conservatives complain about bias in media and tech. Conservatives often don't call for government action, they just want to shed light on the injustices. For example: “Some of us tell the truth about our government, they call us treasonous and say we’re speaking out of line and they’d like to punish us, and I ...


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Almost every term can be appropriated to gain a positive or negative connotation. Even the term "Fascist" used to have a positive connotation once. It was derived from the Italian word "fascio", a bundle of rods. The symbolic meaning was "strength in unity". Who wants to openly admit they are anti-unity? That was before the Nazis murdered a couple million ...


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tl;dr - Conservatism does not explicitly support individualism. This is a by-product of its central claims. Conservatism is entirely comfortable with both individualism and the social policies you mentioned. What is Conservatism? First, it's important to understand what the philosophy of conservatism is. At its core, conservatism is an anti-utopian ...


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Forget about names, except for PR purposes. A clear-headed analyst looks that the net flow of money, now and in future entitlements. Call it "UBI" or "tax credit", call it "tax" or "mandatory insurance premium" or "tithe" -- people either give money to the government and government-affilated institutions like ...


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Proposed solutions to climate change are (almost?) all based on handing greater power to the government, and Conservatives are traditionally for smaller government. Proposed solutions to climate change come at a cost of increased taxation or economic slowdown, and Conservatives are traditionally in favor of free market and lower taxes. Big business donors ...


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Dennis Miller is an openly conservative comedian. He had several television shows, although most have been short-lived since he came out as a conservative after 9/11. His radio show lasted until 2015. Miller is probably the most political, but there are other conservative/Republican comedians. Ranker.com has a list. Rush Limbaugh also includes ...


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This mostly had to do with (as usual, confusing) political terminology and branding. "Liberal" in USA has several meanings, mainly, either (1) "classical liberal" (which in USA is typically branded as "libertarianism" - although it's still called plain "liberalism" in Europe where the term originated); and, wholly independently, (2) "political liberal" - ...


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A perspective from the United Kingdom. Since 1990, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has regularly broadcast Have I Got News For You. They ridicule everybody, but as far as politicians are concerned, their more successful guests are more likely to be Conservative than Labour. The Conservative politicians are simply perceived to be more funny, in ...


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The entertainment and media industry is incredibly liberal because the people that work there are incredibly liberal. Take a look at the chart below, taken from here. In the end of the day, you cannot reasonably expect a very biased group of people to produce a neutral content. This also explains why there are few prominent conservative leaning figures in ...


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To give a somewhat glib answer, Fox News. In a 2019 poll, 12% of Republicans who watch Fox News believe in man-made climate change; the percentage among Republicans who don't watch Fox News rises to 28%. Of course, this doesn't explain the profile of Fox News viewers in any further detail. There's an older academic study (2011) which looked at additional ...


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Modern conservatism is Liberalism + Conservatism Modern conservatism in the United States often tries to define itself by laying claim to the Enlightenment, while rejecting any thought that sprang from Marxism and deconstruction and related disciplines. In the US, those latter groups are best described as 'progressive.' During the Enlightenment itself ...


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It's from a combination of factors. The following is the perspective from the United States: Conservatives are, on the whole, more aligned with business and/or industry Since industry is most likely to be adversely affected by the consequences of regulations to reduce global warming (emissions restrictions, for example) there is an incentive to deny global ...


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It probably depends on what circle of 'conservatives' you're talking to, but the most legitimate complaint I see get thrown around, is that big tech companies should be forced to abide by one of the two legal frameworks that they currently only take the best parts from. Either they are a platform, in which case they shouldn't be censoring anything not ...


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Assuming the statistic is accurate For a long time, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats were ideologically pure. There were the southern Democrats who voted very differently from the rest of their party. And there were New England Republicans who did the same (in reverse). In more recent years, the New England Republicans have mostly been ...


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Like others have said, the government is not the country. They are two different things that have some overlap. This is also not unique to the US. Look at people in countries that have had dictators and people rebelled against. They could have easily just left the country instead of fighting, but they loved their country too much to leave it in the hands of ...


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The reason PiS is considered dangerous is not because they have the absolute majority, it's what they are doing with it. In just the first three month of the legislative period, they: Changed the rules of procedure of the constitutional court to make it harder for them to rule laws as unconstitutional. Increased the control of the parliament over the public ...


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There's no "right". It's an meaningless vague generic term[1]. Having gotten that off my chest, typically people use "right" in a multitude of meanings, so let's try a couple possibles: Support for Economic freedom Singapore is a stereotypical example (and is far more "free" than USA) "Social conservatism" - often identified with views congruous with ...


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To speak purely to the Christian theological point -- some theologians have interpreted Genesis 9:11 to be relevant: And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. U.S. Representative John Shimkus (Republican) made this ...


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In your question you cite convervatism as being a neutral term. But then I could reverse your question like so: "conservative" is a neutral word. It tells us that you want to "conserve" something, but that something may be both good or bad or irrelevant, so the word doesn't imply anything about the moral implications of being a conservative. So why do ...


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So I'm on the libertarian side with some leftist and some rightist reservations, so I am not a conservative, but I think there are a few points to be made. I think I should note that I don't buy the second point completely, but I have heard the argument be made, so I might not be the best at arguing it. First, expressing dislike about how the market ends up ...


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It is impossible to answer this question for every Conservative; each may have their own reasons for the determination they've come to. So, the following answer is a representation of the reasoning, in the conservative circles I travel, that the prospect of anthroprogenic climate change is questionable, thus doubting the need for regulation. There are four ...


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I could be considered a conservative American who is very patriotic but has a fair measure of distaste for this government. Grew up in the Midwest, and joined the United States Navy, becoming third generation military. The best political appellation would be libertarian Constitutional Originalist. Yes, I love my country. Growing up, I was an avid reader of ...


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The politicians who promote the concept of "Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming" have also promoted the following measures: Severe restrictions on use of fossil fuels. High taxes on fossil fuels. Subsidies for using farmland to grow fuels, instead of food. (This policy is sometimes called "burning food".) Transfers of wealth from rich countries to ...


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The American right is quite diverse, but there are reasons why people of various philosophical and political bents wouldn't mind labeling their opponents progressives. Classical liberals This group is made up of people who love the American founding and the ideas of life, liberty and property that shaped early American political thought. For many years the ...


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Some conservatives do support basic income. One of the earliest proponents of basic income in the United States was Charles Murray, who supported the idea before its recent surge in popularity. Although he identifies primarily as a libertarian, it is not inaccurate to say that he is right of center and that he has been associated with conservative ...


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