Jens Spahn is a parliamentarian in Germany's centre-right party, the Christian Democrats (CDU) and a committed Catholic. He is also gay, and has been openly so throughout his 11-year political career. While he does not focus specifically on gay issues, he advocates equal civil rights for gays and lesbians (including gay marriage, tax parity and adoption rights) from a conservative position. He does not regard this to be a contradiction.
posted by acb
on Nov 24, 2012 -
If mainstream conservatism is a “philosophically flabby movement,” and I won’t argue that it isn’t, this is not evidence of its success but simply of its exhaustion and lack of imagination. Perhaps conservatism should thrive on loss and defeat, but I see little evidence that the conservative movement in America understands that it has already lost on many fronts. There is an illusion of success that the most recent election has kept alive, but it is a temporary one.
As the campaign for the Republican nomination for president gets weirder by the minute
, what does it mean to be an American conservative? Daniel Larison and Corey Robin debate the changing nature of conservatism.
Bonus: A Liberal Reads the Great Conservative Works
posted by villanelles at dawn
on Nov 11, 2011 -
- "In 2004 he became the first of the card-carrying neocons to break ranks and oppose the Iraq War; in 2006 he published a comprehensive history and critique of the neoconservative movement; in 2009 he skewered the economics profession at length in his journal The American Interest; earlier this year, he dedicated an issue to a series of essays exploring the emerging American plutocracy... that through their greed they somehow benefit society... He was not being glib: Much of his new book
, The Origins of Political Order
, is devoted to documenting the struggles of premodern states
to draw up sustainable tax codes. Long before modernity
and the spread of democracy, societies that failed to effectively tax their citizenry were the first to shrivel... [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on May 14, 2011 -
) in her essay "Tea Time in America"
"...concentration of executive power has threatened America’s system of checks and balances and given the Federal government the authority to spy on citizens, withhold information, and aggressively arrest and even Taser protesters – or to hire private contractors to do so. In these circumstances, the Tea Party activists’ focus on supporting states’ autonomy – and even on property rights and the right to bear arms – can seem like a prescient effort to constrain overweening corporate and military power in national government." [more inside]
posted by blue funk
on Apr 5, 2010 -
"I was distraught. I felt I was actively participating in something so inconsistent with reality that even most conservative talk radio devotees would see this. But in a way, it was merely a more obvious example of how talk radio portrayed reality selectively." A former producer reveals the secrets of talk radio
posted by Knappster
on Nov 15, 2008 -
"Tired of the LIBERAL BIAS
every time you search on Google and a Wikipedia page appears?" At Conservapedia
, a "conservative encyclopedia you can trust," you can learn that "faith" is a concept "exclusive to Christianity,"
and about how Wikipedia is biased
in matters such as its description of the Bell Trade Act of 1946, its gossipy treatment of the private life of NPR reporter Nina Totenberg, and its seeming acceptance of evolution. The Wikipedia bias entry also complains of a "rant" against the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a group for which Conservapedia founder (and son of conservative gadfly Phyllis Schafly
) Andrew Schlafly
has worked. Signups are here
; its take on evolution is criticized here
posted by ibmcginty
on Feb 23, 2007 -
William F. Buckley:
"If you had a European prime minister who experienced what we've experienced it would be expected that he would retire or resign."
posted by EarBucket
on Jul 24, 2006 -
Conservatism of faith v. conservatism of doubt-
take on how "fundamentalism is splitting the GOP." An interesting article that is, I think, worth reading for how it characterizes recent changes in the Republican party. He doesn't exaclty see a schism, but he isn't exactly sanguine about the future of the GOP either.
posted by OmieWise
on Apr 29, 2005 -
proposed terror management
theory to explain toxic leaders
(among other things.)
The war on terror provides many examples of how fear-mongering enables the rise of authoritarian regimes.
have even found that self-inflicted fear mongering can cause permanent cognitive and behavioral impairment.
Does this mean that conservativism
is actually a form of mental disability? Others disagree
. (previously in comments here
posted by warbaby
on Apr 24, 2005 -
What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?Q: What is conservatism?
A: Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy.
Q: What is wrong with conservatism?
A: Conservatism is incompatible with democracy, prosperity, and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception and has no place in the modern world.
via Three Toed Sloth
posted by y2karl
on Oct 29, 2004 -
Grand Old Punks
The Sunday Times reported on Johnny Ramone's conservative beliefs today As he grew up he realised that for all his guitar thrashing, he was a conservative at heart. He opposes abortion and gay marriage and thinks welfare benefits are too generous. “Everyone in America can succeed to at least the middle-class level if they work hard enough,” he said.
Do these people
have a point or do they just not get it?
posted by maggie
on Mar 7, 2004 -
The Young Hipublicans. "Still searching for their identities, many of these kids are not yet prepared to declare a particular political affiliation. This is where the conservative campus activists come in. Having recognized the importance of conservativism to their own lives, they have committed themselves to the task of bringing out the unacknowledged conservatism in other students. The mission of today's activists involves less an act of persuading their peers to accept an ideology than in awakening them to the fact that they already embody it."
Welcome to Room 101.
posted by The Jesse Helms
on May 23, 2003 -
Open Democracy: Anticapitalists Of The World, Left And Right, Unite? Open Democracy
is a very interesting project which proposes to discuss - and open to discussion - the great issues of our day. While mostly socialist and liberal - with some new anarchism intelligently thrown in - it refreshingly makes space for conservative philosopher and polemicist Roger Scruton's
reflections on the political and social consequences of how we eat
. Despite a vaguely anticapitalist bias, so far as I can see, Open Democracy
seems to be intellectually wide open
. I've been a subscriber for a while now (it's free, btw) and it's that old-fashioned thing: it makes you think
. Do consider adding it to your usual peregrinations. [I'll resist the temptation of pointing to favourite essays and debates - it really is worth exploring one one's own. Jacknose was the first to refer to Open Democracy on MeFi, back in December 2001.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 19, 2003 -
and Conservativism FAQ
describe the differences (and similarities) between the two oft-discussed by seldom understood political mindsets. Both FAQs are detailed, concise, enjoyable, and not annoyingly biased. Read with caution: Knowing your enemies sometimes makes it less fun to bash on them.
posted by oissubke
on Sep 27, 2002 -
Ann Coulter Explained
For the benefit of members of the Left who just don't seem to get it, I offer a link to a short but pithy analysis of Miss Coulter's appeal.
posted by BGM
on Aug 26, 2002 -
"Universities have a serious problem.
The type of liberalism so heavily favored by the intellectual elite has crossed the line. Professors throughout the educational world are supporting murderers and terrorists; they are justifying despicable actions because of the political philosophies of the actors. Murder, slaughter, and terrorism are OK, they say, as long as they are directed at law-enforcement officials or civilian Westerners. It's fine as long as the murderer is anti-capitalist, anti-establishment or anti-conservative." -- Written by a UCLA student
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Nov 23, 2001 -