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Posted by kpominville in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Aug 31st 2010, 09:07 PM
Are you Evil? Conservatives think so.

The most basic and fundamental difference between Conservative and Liberal philosophy goes back to the debate between Sir Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine, and whether it is mankind's nature to be good or evil.

As explained by the conservative Burke in his book, "On the French Revolution", conservative philosophy stems from a belief that man is, by nature, evil and therefore must be strictly controlled and harshly punished. Those are the only functions of government in the conservative mind, which is why to this day they believe the only proper functions of government are police and military. Any good that comes from mankind, they believe, is the exception, not the norm and it is only the result of strict discipline stemming from a fear of punishment that allowed a rare individual to overcome their evil nature.

Liberals believe, as explained by our founding father Thomas Paine in "The Rights of Man", that man's nature is essentially good and that evils done by man are the exception, not the norm. They believe that man's primary drivers are self-fulfillment and the desire to take care of their immediate family or tribe.

What this means is that when faced with the same scenario, different people will see different things based on their expectations of mankind. For example, when confronted with unemployment, liberals first think of the good, hard working people who are being screwed out of their living for slightly higher corporate profits and they create programs to help those people such as unemployment insurance. Liberals believe people are good and therefore they want to work and they desire the self-respect and fulfillment that comes from an honest day's labor. They also believe in a fair, living wage for an honest day's work.

Conservatives' first reaction, on the other hand, is to blame the unemployed for being lazy, (or worse, unionized) and thus deserving of being unemployed. For example, the Republican senate candidate in Arizona, Sharon Angle, called the unemployed "spoiled" and "lazy". When conservatives see a program designed to help people, such as unemployment insurance, their first thought is that someone might abuse that system and thus we should not do it. If you have ever talked to a conservative about unemployment or welfare in general you have inevitably heard some variant of the same argument, "Why should I help those lazy drug dealers?" or "Why should my money go to help worthless bums who don't want to work?". Because conservatives believe man is essentially evil, they believe that most other people do not want to work and they would rather sit around all day doing nothing.

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