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“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” ― Milton Friedman

Why Everyone should think like a Conservative

on December 8, 2011

Who doesn’t like maximum freedom? Conservatism is about maximum freedom! Now, that does require being responsible for oneself, but the upside is that you get to live your life without someone else (the government) intervening when it truly isn’t wanted or even appropriate for them to do so.

With maximum freedom, you have a free market economy. That means people chose to buy what they want to, and not what the government tells you to (or pushes you towards, i.e. “green products”). The government doesn’t get to pick the winners and losers in the free market, because good products sell and crappy ones don’t. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the businesses making products or selling services to make the best, thus they want to hire the best, so if you work hard and do a good job, then you can succeed! It’s a win-win-win situation.

Let’s say, however, things are going fine for you, but you want to help others who are not so fortunate, well Conservatism is great for that, too! Because unlike progressives, who want to provide everything for everyone, you can give your time or money where you want to, instead of paying lots of taxes and hoping it helps the people who truly need help.

If anyone can explain how putting your trust in a bunch of politicians to take care of everyone works better than maximum freedom, I am dying to understand how it all works, because history has shown that it really doesn’t.

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10 responses to “Why Everyone should think like a Conservative

  1. It seems to me that too many people are thick-headed with regard to historical truths.Clearly, at least since the time of the Roman Empire (and earlier, too), history has clearly shown that putting trust in politicians brings nothing but misery to the governed. Meanwhile, of course, the oligarchy of politicians, sits at the top and skims off the cream.

  2. Doug says:

    Hmmm, I'm going to flip the coin and play devils advocate here…"…it is in the best interest of the businesses making products or selling services to make the best, thus they want to hire the best, so if you work hard and do a good job, then you can succeed! It's a win-win-win situation…"So what happens if you play by the rules, and still do not succeed? And find yourself unemployed and falling further behind? And, all the while the "successful" companies are hording all the cash? (AKA OWS – not that I necessarily agree with them but this is their point) Because a business primary purpose and goal in life is to make money and make a profit for their stockholders.Since conservatism is great for giving from the rich to the poor, shouldn't the ones who benefit from their own success give to those who followed the plan and failed?(BTW: OWS is wrong – there will never be equality and nobody is entitled to success)But you are right in that we should not allow the government to freely give to anyone and everyone. After all, all the loop holes and incentives and tax credits that are given to the ones who succeed is like giving money away to those who don't need it.

  3. soapster says:

    Maximum freedom means decriminalizing drug use. Are you down with that? Maximum freedom means that money isn't confiscated from me to be given to the leaders of other countries (Israel included). Are you down with that?We've got a lot of people talking the talk. We need more people walking the walk.

  4. Beth says:

    AOW – those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.Doug, not sure from your comment, but I think you agree with me, yes? Life isn't always fair, but being free gives you the best odds.Soapie, we have discussed these topics, have we not? From the standpoint that having drugs be illegal and helping other countries can be in our best interest to keep our country safe, then yes those things are necessary things for our government to be doing.As an aside, I see you stopped allowing comments at your blog, but I do like the picture of Winston, and would have liked to know which questions I got wrong on the economics quiz.

  5. soapster says:

    Most unfortunate is your response. You should know that your argument about "keeping our country safe" is the very basis on which the federal government is at present shredding the constitution and our rights and civil liberties along with it. You'll need to take a position if you want credibility and any hope of turning this thing around. It is contradictory to speak of maximum freedom and then place restrictions on said freedoms provided those freedoms do not restrict another's freedom.Thanks for the comment about Winston's pic. I turned off comments cuz there have been too many trolls commenting. I don't know if the quiz shows the answers u get wrong. I scored 100%. I can turn em back on if you'd like to discuss.

  6. soapster says:

    *EditYou'll need to take a more consistent position.

  7. Beth says:

    Well I don't know how paying more taxes and making us buy dangerous lightbulbs can be seen as keeping our country safe, but having an unstable world can be, and people under the influence of drugs can also pose a threat to everyone.

  8. soapster says:

    Two points for consideration. "Can" pose a threat, meaning simply that it may, might, could, possibly pose a threat. In many instances it will not. But, when it does then seek recourse. The list of things in this world Beth which "can" pose a threat are infinite. Secondly, if minimizing potentialities and threats due to the possible actions of drug users is your argument for restrictions and prohibitions, why is it then that said argument seemingly ignores the magnitude of individuals walking around who are on FDA approved psychotropic drugs?

  9. soapster says:

    "From the standpoint that having drugs be illegal and helping other countries can be in our best interest to keep our country safe, then yes those things are necessary things for our government to be doing."I would remind you that "those things [which] are necessary things for our [Federal] government to be doing" are enumerated in a document called the Constitution Beth.I don't know about you but I don't participate in the political process to elect people who's primary objective is to "keep our country safe". I participate in the political process to elect representatives who understand and take seriously their oath to the uphold the Constitution.

  10. BB-Idaho says:

    "The government doesn't get to pick the winners and losers in the free market, because good products sell and crappy ones don't."…crappy ones sell like wildfire,go figure…

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