Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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The Scourge Of Conservativism

I went to the bookstore today, and I observed with a sinking heart the growing number of conservatively slanted books showing up on the shelves.

These tomes tend to have nationalistic imagery about the standard heroic portrait of the author, and use such terms as "liberty" and "democracy." Of course, their points often advocate quite the opposite.

While I believe very strongly that the free exchange of ideas is central to a working democracy (which, I would argue, the United States is not, although it aspires to be so), I am angered by the appropriation of these terms to support a repressive point of view.

Yes, I said "oppressive."

It is embarrassing to admit this, but the best way that I can think of to explain my point of view on the subject of conservativism is to cite John Ford's excellent Star Trek novel The Final Reflection. In his portrayal of the Klingons, Ford establishes the concept of khomerex tel khesterex: the structure that grows and the structure that dies.

Of course, the Klingons and more reactionary elements of the current United States government may use this idea as a justification for imperialism, I tend to think of this philosophy from a social point of view. In order for a society to be alive, it must grow, not neccessarily in space or population, but in how it deals with its internal issues.

More than anything else, it means that America as whole must learn to accept that a socially progressive platform is the only way to keep itself from stagnating. Unfortunately, that means change, and change means the unknown, and that is what people fear.

And that is what is being masked by the use of these terms. Fear is no basis for social platforms, but here you have it. There is a huge wave of anger in this country about something as innocuous as allowing same-sex marriages. an issue on which I still can not understand the opposition's point of view; it seems to be entirely religious, which means that it should not be a consideration as far as legality is concerned. What it shows is that people are happier being sated with the promise of liberty, but not liberty itself.

If one goes without liberty, than all do.

The time is gone, the song is over. Thought I'd something more to say...

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