You’re blowing it with Fox News. The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.

STEVE JOBS, to News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch, as quoted by biographer Walter Isaacson.

If Steve Jobs can’t convince Rupert of that, then no one can.

(via Mediabistro)

That’s a very interesting perspective on the dichotomy. Most of the stuff we argue against here is not that Conservatives are actually trying to “Conserve” anything it’s that they’re trying to destroy things. Destroy civil rights, destroy voting rights, destroy the right to privacy, destroy the middle class, destroy social programs, destroy the voice of the people, destroy any and all dissenters.

I’d rather build and construct than slash and repeal.

-Joe

(via stfuconservatives)

Well considering conservatism is an actual, grounded ideology with a history of thinkers I’d probably rather say that contemporary self-associating conservatives aren’t really conservatives.  Just like many self-associating socialists aren’t really socialists.  It’s not that the ideology has change, because the differentiation is so substantial that it’s fully parted ways.  Instead people are unable to develop a new language with which to practise introspection and rely upon terms they find attractive yet do not apply.  Surely that’s why neo-conservatism is used as a (n inadequate [IMO]) distinguisher from historical conservatism?

Or more to be more succinct and less abstract; don’t confuse colloquialisms for what should be a grounded, academically relevant nomenclature.  Though being a student of politics I guess it’s easier for me to say that.

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