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What is a Conservative? Who is on the Right? I am, if these words are used honestly. They are almost never used honestly.

Conservatives are placed to the Right on the traditional Left-to-Right political spectrum. That spectrum groups Whigs and Republicans as well as their enemies the Monarchists and Imperialists on the Right, Conservatives as well as Anarcho-Capitalists, and, worst of all, members of the National Socialists Worker’s Party (Nazis). The traditional spectrum is based on the assumption that enlightenment, change, revolution and progress are the exclusive property of Socialism, and that any opposition to Socialism is rooted in benighted ignorance, folly, reaction, conformity, cowardice and regress.

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  • dm475 4 years, 11 months ago

    It's time to stop perpetuating the myth that Nazism was a right-wing ideology. It is right there in the name of the party: 'Socialist'. There is an excellent book on the subject "Liberal Facism" by Jonah Goldberg.

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  • Chet_Manly

    Chet_Manly 4 years, 11 months ago

    I have also had to explain the spectrum and why fascism and socialism are merely branch on the same tree. Also had to explain the difference between the European left/right vs the American left/right where the individual actually matters. It is always interesting to read how someone else defines themselves and though I no longer try to change anyone's mind about anything, I do appreciate the honesty and self reflection it takes to throw yourself out there.

    Also agree with the passing statement about words and how they are rarely used honestly. I believe 80-90% of the country could sit down and (amicably) agree on things if they can only speak the other persons language, use the correct words and avoid trigger words/phrases. Communication is so difficult and we often do it so poorly.
    I do appreciate the post.

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