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EtcetEraThread [Serious] what’s the appeal of conservativism?
Reason User Banned (Permanent): Dismissive commentary around civil rights across multiple posts, inflammatory support
As some people have pointed out already, OP didn't specify what he meant by "conservatism," and a lot of posters are just saying that the GOP is racist (which it obviously is). But there are a lot of different meanings to conservatism in different eras and different contexts. In the US right now, it basically means a new "Know Nothing" party: anti-evolution, anti-vaccine, LGBT+-phobic, racist, pro-war. But it can mean a lot of different things. I'm pretty conservative on the two things I know very well, education and fitness/exercise. And I'm conservative in those two areas because I've seen what works, and what doesn't, and by and large it's the old stuff that works and the new stuff that doesn't. I think that schools should focus on teaching fundamental skills and information in literature, history, math, science, and foreign language, so that makes me 'conservative' among teachers. The liberal view in education (liberal meaning, the new way) is that schools should focus on students' consuming things and feeling good. (And no, I'm not being hyperbolic at all. I've had many arguments with teachers and administrators over the years about whether students should learn things at school, and most of the administrators end up saying 'no.') I'm also a conservative on civil rights (relative to the large majority of ERA) because I support free speech and I believe that civil liberties (basically, how you live your life in private) should be grounded in the individual and not identity groups. But Americans who vote Republican right now would think that I'm a crazy leftist on those issues, when (ironically) I'm just taking the GOP's old stated positions and taking them seriously. It all depends on context.