With all the talk of conservatism being dead and this and that, it’s clear to me that some straight talk on just what exactly it is, is in order. So this is the first of a series of articles on what exactly is conservatism and why it fits as a puzzle piece into evangelicalism. Bashing the Religious Right is both easy and tiresome these days. I will hopefully show why the easier it is to explain an ideology, the more wrong it usually is. Truely good answers to real problems can only be given in well thought out, carefully crafted methods of thinking. The problem is that long, well thought out answers are anti-thetical to mass media.
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
Liberalism has been largely crafted in modern times as a series of ten second soundbite answers to easily-attacked sections of the larger ideologies of conservatism. That makes it the ideology of choice for the media by default. Hopefully in this series I’ll be able to flesh out the full measure of conservative thought so you can see how these positions came about, not just what they are. It’s true for example that conservatives and libertarians are against a minimum wage. That fact by itself is easily attacked and denounced as un-caring or even un-christian. That doesn’t impress me. But in the first post I will talk about this very issue and show how minimum-wage law actually harms individual workers much worse than leaving it free for the market to decide.