Posts Tagged ‘Libertarianism’

“The Conservative Mind” by Russell Kirk

December 20, 2015

“The Conservative Mind” by Russell Kirk

The actual title of this book is The Conservative mind: From Burke to Eliot.

This is no easy book to read, as it spans 501 pages and covers the concepts and precepts of Conservatism through history, through Russell Kirk’s own vast vocabulary and highly refined style of written expression.

Even well-educated readers will need to use a good dictionary should they wish to grasp much of his own writings and those of the great personages of history upon whom he elucidates and very frequently quotes. These quotations  are frequently written in a formal style and in the prose of centuries past.

Never the less, diligence will be rewarded with important insights into the origins of both conservative and liberal/progressive ideals. More importantly, the reader will see why conservative societies generally succeed (at least for a time) and why liberal/progressive societies (into which conservative societies tend to decline) generally fail.

America is now at enormous risk because it has abandoned is social and political conservatism and is rapidly evolving in the direction of the well-known socialistic/progressive ideals that generally spell disaster.

I have provided a significant number of short articles examining and critiquing the social/political philosophies of Conservatism, Libertarianism, Socialism and Progressivism.

At this time of steep American cultural decline, it is imperative that the voting public understand the main features of these engines of social change, as well as their typical evolutionary trajectories.

The fact that a great percentage of America’s (let alone the world’s) population will be unable to grasp the complexities of these philosophies and their deferred consequences to societies embodies a fearful revelation:

Relatively “free societies”, democracies and unbalanced representative republics (such as our own) normally devolve into rank socialism, and worse, when an increasingly indolent and dependent electorate learns to vote itself into the shackles of governmental largess.

I hope you will spend some time reviewing my articles that bear directly upon these concerns and the looming fate of your own society.

Please separately enter the words conservatism, libertarianism, socialism and progressivism in my search box on the upper right side of my main blog page. Think about these matters and then vote accordingly in all upcoming elections.

I will soon provide you with a series of commentary and important quotes from Russel Kirk’s, The Conservative Mind.

V. Thomas Mawhinney,  12/19/15

 

 

Reagan on Conservatism Vs. Libertarianism

July 17, 2013

Reagan on Conservatism Vs. Libertarianism

The following is a seven page interview of Ronald Reagan by the Libertarian magazine, Reason.

It is worth your while to read all of it. Reagan illustrates some of the similarities and differences between the philosophies of Conservatism and Libertarianism. He talks of the “grey areas” which are a challenge to both sides of the issues presented.

He is wonderfully straight-forward and some of his illustrations flash with brilliant clarity and humor.

You will find Ronald Regan to be very informative and entertaining: A far cry from the “bumbling dunderhead” that the liberal and corrupt popular news and entertainment media has made him out to be.

VTM, 7/17/13 

 

http://reason.com/archives/1975/07/01/inside-ronald-reagan

I Wonder If I Am A Libertarian # 8

July 2, 2013

Key Concepts of Libertarianism

By

David Boaz

January 1, 1999

Quote:

The key concepts of libertarianism have developed over many centuries. The first inklings of them can be found in ancient China, Greece, and Israel; they began to be developed into something resembling modern libertarian philosophy in the work of such seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine.

The Virtue of Production. Much of the impetus for libertarianism in the seventeenth century was a reaction against monarchs and aristocrats who lived off the productive labor of other people. Libertarians defended the right of people to keep the fruits of their labor. This effort developed into a respect for the dignity of work and production and especially for the growing middle class, who were looked down upon by aristocrats. Libertarians developed a pre-Marxist class analysis that divided society into two basic classes: those who produced wealth and those who took it by force from others. Thomas Paine, for instance, wrote, “There are two distinct classes of men in the nation, those who pay taxes, and those who receive and live upon the taxes.” Similarly, Jefferson wrote in 1824, “We have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” Modern libertarians defend the right of productive people to keep what they earn, against a new class of politicians and bureaucrats who would seize their earnings to transfer them to nonproducers.

End of Quote:

This quote contains a useful political science history lesson.

As a psychologist, I cannot help but think of the Law of Effect. It states flatly that consequences control behavior. For example, when the take taxes from responsible and productive people and given them to those who are irresponsible and unproductive, we get a growing underclass of irresponsible and unproductive citizens.

It is amazingly ignorant that the voting public cannot see this. It is devious and criminal that liberal/progressive politicians knowingly feed this growing underclass of irresponsible and unproductive voters in order to secure their political futures.

While cultural evolution can be stunningly complex, this destructive practice is one simple, but major, force driving America’s cultural decline.

Wake-Up America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney,  Ph.D.

7/2/13

I Wonder If I Am A Libertarian # 1

May 29, 2013

I Wonder If I Am A Libertarian

I am searching for a form of government that best conforms to the principles of psychology.

Why is it critical that government conform to the principles of psychology?

The principles of psychology, among some other compatible scientific principles, govern the quality and rate of occurrence of human behavior patterns. America’s population’s behavior patterns directly affect the viability of our socioculture.

I will grant you that this is a simple statement about some mighty complex matters. However, in all of this may be found one of the greatest mysteries  of the ages: How can a socioculture survive very long and well?

I have followed trend lines on America’s collective behavior patterns for many decades. The rates of damaging and self-defeating behaviors, with only evanescent small improvements, have increased no matter the political party in charge. Democratic and  Republican political parties are both failing miserably.

I am alienated from the performance of both political parties and I believe that the continuance of their policies will spell the ruination of America.

However, I am convinced that so-called conservative principles can lead America out of its decline. But the question becomes one of just which conservative principles have the power to do so?

As part of my analysis, I will now closely evaluate the principles of Libertarianism.

The first step will be to read and consider a summary of them, “in the whole”.

The next approach will be to critique each of the identified components separately in order to better evaluate this approach to cultural self-managment through representative government.

I hope you will join me in this analysis.

The following is an authoritative summary of the main features of Libertarianism.

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/key-concepts-libertarianism

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 5/29/13


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