Friday, December 14, 2007

Liberalism or Conservatism?

In the upcoming election, the line between left and right is more sharply drawn than ever. Many wish there was an easy way to test which political theory, conservatism or liberalism, works best in practice.

There isn't any indisputable, authoritative test. However, consider that, for all its flaws, the United States of America is probably the most conservative country in the world. We have some of the lowest taxes, most vocal social conservatives (in Europe, there are almost no pro-life activists), a very limited welfare state, and the strongest foreign policy.

In contrast, the countries of Western Europe (particularly Scandinavia), are examples of the quintessential liberal government. Socialized medicine is not debated-- the only question is which services should the government provide. High taxes, a limited defense policy, completed legal (and more importantly, completely accepted) abortion-- Western Europe is a liberals paradise.

Which country would you rather live in-- the United States, or, say, Sweden? Which country would you rather live in twenty years from now, if you had only the information available today? I believe the answer is obvious, and that is one of the best arguments for conservative principles-- if they didn't work, people wouldn't be fighting to dwell here.


At December 14, 2007 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Excellent observations, Daniel!

There is no place I would rather live than the US of A!

At December 15, 2007 at 5:53 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Conservatism has at its root the right of the individual as its underlying premise.

Liberalism on the other hand undermines the right of the individual by having at its root the premise of collectivization.

However, there are no such things as "collectivized" rights. Any group, be it large or small, is comprised of individuals who first and foremost own their rights. Therefore, any collective "group" is really only made of individuals having individual rights.

The only way liberalism exists with its collective methodology is by coerscion, compulsion, and intimidation against the individual's rights for the sake of the collective.

It is an enslaving and evil ideology which we must defeat for the existence of free poeple.

At December 15, 2007 at 6:15 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Unfortunately, liberalism is so enticing because then people think they don't have to worry about life's daily challenges, let the government take care of it all. It's like they never want to grow up and move away from home though.

At December 16, 2007 at 6:17 AM , Blogger Obob said...

and when there is a constant indoctrination of Big Brother the caretaker, it takes away people's will. The majority become complacent. We are getting that today. It isn't the technology, it's the daily bombardment of the subtle acceptance of the liberal/socialist public policy. People are condemned as nazis if the attempt dialogue. Even if it the most insane thought, there may be some form of street cred. Look at Jesus, he freaked people out. Look at Martin Luther. Look at Locke.

At December 16, 2007 at 8:40 PM , Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

great post...and even better question u pose.........Libs will never answer that one honestly~!

At December 17, 2007 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Great Post Danny,

My intentions are still to wind up in Idaho or Montana one day :-)

At December 18, 2007 at 1:18 PM , Blogger steveh46 said...

"Which country would you rather live in-- the United States, or, say, Sweden? Which country would you rather live in twenty years from now, if you had only the information available today? I believe the answer is obvious..."

Or you could do some actual research.

If you were born in Sweden rather than the US you would be:

More likely to survive to a ripe old age. Infant mortality is more than twice as high in the US (2.76 per 1,000 live births vs. 6.36) as it is in Sweden. And, of course, life expectancy is higher in Sweden (80.63 years vs. 78 years), while the rate of child poverty is the lowest in the world in Sweden, about 10 times lower than in the US.

According to the CIA World Factbook, GDP in Sweden grew at a much faster rate than in the US in 2006 (4.5% vs. 2.9%). Unemployment was comparable with Sweden having a slightly higher rate (5.6% vs. 4.8%). Inflation in Sweden was much lower in 2006 (1.4% vs. 3.6%). Public Debt in the US was much higher (64.7% of GDP vs 47.8% in Sweden).

According to Wikipedia, though crime rates are hard to compare, the US has a murder rate that is 6 times higher than Sweden's.

As the CIA says, "Sweden has achieved an enviable standard of living under a mixed system of high-tech capitalism and extensive welfare benefits. It has a modern distribution system, excellent internal and external communications, and a skilled labor force."

What a nightmare it must be to live there.

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