Krugman: What Is Conservatism?

August 26,2015
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Few can capture a concept so well as Paul Krugman. In his blog “Conscience Of A Liberal” Krugman captures concisely what conservatism is today:

The Reactionary Soul
Frank Bruni marvels at polls indicating that Donald Trump, with his multiple marriages and casinos, is the preferred candidate among Republican evangelicals. Others are shocked to see a crude mercantilist make so much headway in the alleged party of free markets. What happened to conservative principles?

Actually, nothing — because those alleged principles were never real. Conservative religiosity, conservative faith in markets, were never about living a godly life or letting the invisible hand promote entrepreneurship. Instead, it was all as Corey Robin describes it: Conservatism is

a reactionary movement, a defense of power and privilege against democratic challenges from below, particularly in the private spheres of the family and the workplace.

It’s really about who’s boss, and making sure that the man in charge stays boss. Trump is admired for putting women and workers in their place, and it doesn’t matter if he covets his neighbor’s wife or demands trade wars.

The point is that Trump isn’t a diversion, he’s a revelation, bringing the real motivations of the movement out into the open.

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1 Response to Krugman: What Is Conservatism?

  1. Longjohn says:

    Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Trump isn’t intentionally exposing the GOP for what they are (I call them Fictional Conservatives for the same basic reasons as Dr Krugman points out) and intentionally ruining their chances for 2016

    My fantasy is that after Trump wrecks the GOP field we’ll see it was all really a $1 Gentleman’s Bet ala Trading Places between Bill Clinton and Donald Trump ….. Bill lost the bet but wins in in the Big Picture


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